- A large genus of sub tropical flowering plants incorporating thousands of varieties.
- Most commonly grown are tuberous and bedding (fibrous) begonias.
- All begonias enjoy a fertile, free draining soil, and dislike wet feet.
- They prefer dappled sunlight and part shade.
- They come in a range of flower colours including white, pink, red, yellow, orange.
- Tuberous Begonias are usually grown in pots and there are pendulous types particularly suited to hanging baskets.
- They are summer flowering, though the bedding types will almost flower all year in certain conditions.
- Semi shaded, dappled sunlight in warmer areas.
- Grow in glasshouse or conservatories in cooler parts.
- A free draining compost or potting mix is ideal.
- In the flowering season feed weekly with a liquid or soluble flowering plant food.
- Tuberous types should be dried off as winter approaches and stored in a dry place until re planting the following spring.
When to Plant
- Young bedding plants can be planted virtually all year round, except in colder climates where frost occurs.
- Dry tubers are available ready for planting into pots and baskets, or into the garden, from early spring to early summer.
- Flowering examples are available for planting during summer months.
Where to Plant
- Plant in flower beds and borders that get some protection from the hottest summer sun.
- Tuberous types are excellent for planting in pots and hanging baskets.
- Use to brighten up decks and patios.
- Hang pendulous types from pergolas and archways.