Why Do Begonia Plants Get Mildew?

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The begonia is a perennial and a member of the Begoniaceae family. Home gardeners often place this plant in their landscape because it produces green foliage and lovely flowers. Although begonias are generally healthy, they are susceptible to mildew development, which can affect the health and appearance of the plant. Identification Begonias commonly develop a…


Uses of Begonia Semperflorens

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The Begonia semperflorens, or wax begonia or bedding begonia, is a plant characterized by a lush appearance with flower colors ranging from white to pink and red. The plant has several functions for both indoor and outdoor gardens which take advantage of the plant’s durability. Begonias must be frequently watered, however, as this plant does…


How to Cut Leaves on a Begonia

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Begonias are nature’s gift of beauty and diversity to the amateur garden enthusiast and professional landscaper. With well over 1,000 species, a stunning variety of foliage, and blooms that run the color spectrum, the begonia is the perfect perennial. Since begonias are so hardy and easily established with an abundance of flowering blooms, they do…


How to Save a Tuberous Begonia

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The tuberous begonia derives its name from the fact that it grows from a bulb-like structure known as a tuber. The tubers require a period of dormancy over the winter, yet rot if allowed to freeze and thaw. Therefore, growers save their tuberous begonias by digging them up and storing them over the winter. Difficulty:…


How to Set Begonia Seeds

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Begonias provide long-lasting color, whether they are grown in garden beds or as houseplants. There are several varieties of begonia separated into two categories: tuberous rooted or fibrous rooted. All tuberous rooted begonias can be started from seeds. Of the fibrous begonias, wax begonia varieties are most often grown from seed and not root division.…


Mildew on Indoor Begonia

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Begonia houseplants are particularly susceptible to a disease called powdery mildew. The degree of injury varies from cosmetic to severe depending on the begonia cultivar, the time of year and the environmental conditions. Features The Erysiphe cichoracearum fungus causes powdery mildew infections in begonia plantings. The fungus is most active during the fall and spring…


Begonia Plant Cultures

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The begonia genus (Begonia spp.) consists of a variety of subtropical and tropical flowering plants that are commonly grown outdoors as annuals and indoors as houseplants. Soil Begonias generally prefer a well draining, moist soil that is enhanced with organic matter. Organic matter helps the soil to retain water, keeping the plant cool. Keep the…


How to Treat Tuberous Begonia Rot

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Tuberous begonias offer interest and full, colorful flowers to your home garden, but they also come with vulnerability to rot problems. Cultural and maintenance issues have a twofold effect. In conjunction with the diminished health of your tuberous begonia plants, these easy-to-fix care problems create a prime environment for the attraction and development of fungal…


Lady Francis Begonia Plants

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Lady Frances Begonia Leatherman plants, which are commonly known as wax begonias, originate in the South American nation of Brazil. The scientific name for the plant is Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum. The plants are part of the Begoniaceae family. The attractive flowering plants have been a common fixture ingardens ever since the Victorian era. Description Wax…


How to Plant a Begonia

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Begonias are hardy tuberous plants that can provide your garden with years of colorful flowers. Each year, you should remove the tubers from the ground before the first frost, allow them to dry out and store them in a cool, dry place until the following planting season. When the chance of frost has past, it…


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