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Begonias

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Begonia spp.
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How to Grow and Care for Begonia Plants

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Many begonias are grown as outdoor ornamentals, but most can be grown indoors as houseplants. The begonia is a carefree, low-light favorite. It thrives on neglect. Here’s how to care for begonias in your home!

Planting

How to Plant Begonias

  • Begonias are easy to propagate. Sow seeds in rich, well-draining soil or propagate plants from stem and leaf cuttings by placing the cuttings in soil and keeping the soil lightly moist.
  • Plant begonias in a pot that is a couple of inches larger than the root ball. 
  • Use potting soil rich in organic matter. 
  • Outdoors, place begonias in a location that gets partial morning sun. 
     
Growing

How to Care for Begonias

  • Keep the soil moist but be careful not to overwater. Only water when the soil feels dry. 
  • Remove any faded flowers and dead leaves to keep the plant happy.
  • Do not to get the leaves wet when watering.
Wit and Wisdom
  • Begonias may cause vomiting and salivation in cats and dogs. The most toxic part is the root.
Pests/Diseases

Begonias are generally pest resistant, but due to their soft stems and foliage, are susceptible to powdery mildew and other fungi, which may lead to rot. 

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