If you want to plant or transplant begonias, the question arises: Where is the ideal location? In which soil do you feel comfortable? How to care for begonias, what they love, and what they don’t is summarized here.
Begonias make shady places colorful and full of flowers
Begonias bring their colorful diversity with them from their subtropical homeland. Varieties available from us are breeds whose properties have been optimized for indoor, balcony, and garden plants.
Their tireless urge to bloom and their insensitivity make them all-rounders for indoors and outdoors where you can’t go wrong. Even if the existing conditions are somewhat adverse.
The plants grow herbaceous and often form tubers or rhizomes. Their special feature is that they store water in their fleshy (succulent) leaves and stems and are resistant to snails.
This is what begonias want from the optimal location and soil
Due to their range of locations from semi-shady to shady, begonias decorate shady places where only a few plants feel comfortable. The cardinal points north, east, and west with shade can be colorfully designed with begonia varieties. In principle, the following location and soil conditions should be observed.
- shady to semi-shady
- no direct midday sun
- nutrient-rich, humus-rich soil
- low in lime, well permeable to water
- no waterlogging
- hummus with sand
- water and fertilize adequately
The begonia varieties we cultivate love shady locations. Climatically, they prefer warm weather. But no direct heat or midday sun. They cannot tolerate cold spells with sub-zero temperatures. They must be prepared for overwintering by October at the latest.
A beautiful contrast of flowers and leaves
The advantage of planting begonias is that they delight our senses not only with their durable and colorful blooms but also with their glossy leaves. As a result, begonias also work as individual plantings in flower boxes and in garden design. They do not necessarily have to be combined with other summer flowers.
The variety of shapes and colors of the begonias also makes them collectors’ plants and arouses a passion for collecting, such as these magnificent specimens.
- Double Rose Begonia Doublet Pink or Gumdrop Pink
- Elatior begonias, such as the room begonia called Eva
- Pin Up Rosa, a tuberous begonia with large flowers
- Belleconia Apricot Blush, a trailing begonia