Begonia Houseplant Care Instructions
Begonias are easy to care for and make for lovely houseplants due to the wide variety of colors and shapes and their beautiful flowers. Common begonia houseplant varieties include scarlet begonias, tuberous begonias, Reiger begonias, rhizomatous begonias and Rex begonias. Although they are easy to care for, begonias requires the proper attention for begonias to survive and flourish.
things you’ll need:
- Rich potting soil
- Pruning shears or scissors
- Check to make sure your begonia houseplant is planted in rich, loose and fertile potting soil that drains well in a planter with drainage holes in the bottom. Replant if it isn’t.
- Place plant in an area where it will get bright, indirect light. If placed in direct sun, the leaves can be burned and the plant will wither rather quickly. East windows are suitable locations.
- Water the begonia houseplant only when needed, allowing the potting soil to dry before watering next. Do not let the plant sit in a saucer of water, as this will cause root rot.
- Remove dead flowers, leaves and stems as they appear and trim long stems. This helps to keep the begonia’s compact shape and will lead to more blooms and full foliage. Don’t leave dead blooms, leaves or stems sitting on soil, this can cause fungal infections.
- Feed your begonias monthly with a balanced liquid fertilizer. Look for one that supplies both macro- and micro-nutrients and follow the directions on the packaging.
Tips & Warnings
Begonia houseplants are susceptible to fungus, therefore it is best to keep the plant’s leaves dry.
Over watering your plant can cause root rot and kill your begonia.