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Begonia

Begonia spp.

Begonias come in many varying forms with bushy attractive foliage and extremely vivid flower colours. They can be grown outdoors in cooler climates, but are also great indoor plants. In warmer climates, they can be grown in shady areas. The flowers are edible and add interest to many dishes.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest the divided tubers during the dormant period (winter) and replant in the spring.

Propagation

Division
Division of the tubers during the dormant period (winter) and replant in the spring. Space the plants 15 cm apart from each other.
Cuttings
Take softwood cuttings of about 10cm and root in a glass of water.

Special features

Pot plant
They work very well once planted in hanging baskets and containers.

Geography

Origin
The ancestors of the common hybrids originate from the slopes of the Andes.
Natural climate
Mountain forests

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Personality

Family
Begoniaceae
Flower colour
They come in extremely vivid colours except in blue and green. Red, white, pinks and purple.
Scent
None

Problems

Aphids, spider mites, scale and snout beetles may attack this plant. A simple cure is to spray the affected areas with a little dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle (make routine sprays if the pests are persistent). Prevent powdery mildew by spraying with a registered fungicide.
Aphids
Aphids
Aphidoidea spp.

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