Most begonia varieties can only be overwintered with a certain effort and under very specific conditions. On the other hand, frosty temperatures outside are completely unproblematic if you bring the blooming splendor of the begonias indoors all year round with the specially bred Elatior begonias.
How Often Should an Elatior Begonia Be Watered?
The root ball of an Elatior begonia should never dry out completely, but these begonias are also extremely sensitive to waterlogging. Therefore, you should water the plants in the pot regularly, but generally sparingly. Daily watering is not necessary, the soil should be well dried on the surface before watering again.
When and how can the Elatior begonia be repotted without problems?
Since the plants grow relatively compact, repotting is usually not necessary due to plant growth. However, it doesn’t hurt if you gently shake off the old substrate from the root ball and plant the plants in fresh potting soil at any time about once a year.
Since the commercially available potting soil is usually already pre-fertilized, you can do without additional fertilization for a few weeks afterwards.
Should the elatior begonia be pruned?
Pruning is not actually necessary with these plants, since they grow very compact anyway. If necessary, however, cuttings can be cut for propagation. Withered leaves and flowers should be collected regularly.
How to keep pests away from Elatior Begonias?
Aphids and thrips can sometimes become a problem on Elatior begonias. These can be removed either with appropriate chemical agents or manually by washing or wiping. If feeding damage by the vine weevil becomes visible on the leaves, then you should collect the nocturnal beetles at night with a flashlight.
What Diseases Can Affect Elatior Begonias?
Mistakes in care, such as the wrong location, usually lead to deficiency symptoms and increased susceptibility to fungal diseases. If a specimen is already heavily infested with powdery mildew, it should be disposed of in case of doubt so that other plants cannot be infected.
What is the best way to fertilize Elatior Begonias?
During the summer months, the Elatior begonias should be given sparingly dosed liquid fertilizer with the irrigation water about every two to four weeks.
What is the best way to care for Elatior Begonias in winter?
Since these begonia species are designated houseplants, the following conditions should prevail all year round:
- even temperatures between 15 and 22 degrees Celsius (59-71 F)
- sufficient daylight
- no location in the blazing sun
- even moisture without waterlogging
- if possible, no dry, warm heating air or draughts
The Elatior Begonia is relatively easy to propagate from cuttings which, under the right conditions, will form their own roots within a few weeks.