If you want to enjoy the lush abundance of flowers of the perpetual bloomers as early as possible, you should plant begonias at the right time.
Whether scented begonias in the room, bulbous begonias on the balcony, or ice begonias in the garden – there are over 900 species worldwide that inspire with their abundance of flowers.
The most popular begonia varieties.
- Begonia-Semperflorens Hybrid or Ice Begonia
- Elatior Begonias
- Begonia tuberhybrida or tuberous begonias
When can begonias be brought out of hibernation?
February to March is the ideal time to wake the tubers from hibernation. To do this, plant the tubers in pots with the dent upwards. The shoots later form from the dent. Anyone who prefers begonias on the windowsill from February will reap a plentiful sea of flowers from May.
What are the optimal conditions to plant begonias yourself?
Planting begonias yourself takes little work and usually succeeds right away. Begonias prefer a cool, semi-shady to a shady location. They react to direct sunlight or the blazing midday sun with brown leaves and flowers. On the other hand, they do well in moist, nutrient-rich soil.
When is the best time to plant begonias?
The best time to plant the frost-sensitive outdoor begonias is from mid-May. Depending on the variety, begonias need a distance of about 20 cm (7.8 inches). When planting begonias, only cover the tubers with a thin layer of soil.
Many flowers with little maintenance in the garden
In principle, it is relatively easy to care for begonias. If you heed these two points, they will thrive.
- Sufficient watering without waterlogging
- Long-term fertilizer or weekly fertilizer application
So prevent water accumulation in the bed, planter, or saucer. And only water so that the soil stays moist. Don’t forget to fertilize! Adding liquid fertilizer to the irrigation water at weekly intervals is the simplest solution.
For a colorful eye-catcher on the balcony
When planting begonias on the balcony, the same rules apply as in the garden. The sunny south-facing balcony is conceivably unsuitable. Begonias find the optimal place on the partially shaded north, west or east side.
It is also particularly important for begonias in pots, tubs, or boxes that no backwater accumulates. It is advisable to mix the plant substrate with approx. 40% sand. Too much water seeps through the permeable soil more quickly.
In addition, there should be drainage holes in the bottom of the planters.
Begonias – poisonous or healing?
Although most species of begonia are not poisonous, these three are classified as poisonous.
- Begonia gracilis
- Begonia rex
- Begonia – Stachys betonica
The main active ingredients are calcium oxalates and oxalic acid. Poisoning manifests itself in humans and animals as irritated mucous membranes, increased urination, vomiting, and diarrhea. Begonia infusion is used as a remedy for anxiety, hysteria, neuralgia, and headaches.
Do you want to spoil your begonia from time to time? Then refresh them with a lukewarm shower from the spray bottle. This drives the fresh green shoots straight up into the sky or lets them meander along the ground more quickly.