The begonia is a type of plant with many different variations and species that fall under the name. Though they can be fairly easy to care for, begonias require special attention and have a unique set of standards and conditions that have to be met in order to successfully populate your garden. Learn the most common mistakes to avoid when planting begonias and give your seeds a greater chance of sprouting into wonderful, healthy, and attractive plants.
Purchasing Begonia Plants
Begonia is a very broad name with more than 1,500 species currently in existence. With all this variety, there are many that require unique methods of planting and care that the other species you planted don't.
When you purchase your begonia you should be aware of any special needs that particular species requires in order to successfully grow. While the majority of begonias require the same basic care, there is no standard way to plant and care for these plants which all species can follow.
Some require more sun than others, while some require less water. Being aware of any special needs your plant has will save you time and money when your plants actually grow.
Begonias need to be planted somewhere with great drainage, so avoid is planting them somewhere that puddles or holds water for too long after rain or watering. When starting tuberous begonias off, don’t make the mistake of planting them in a pot that doesn't have any drainage holes. This will quickly cause the tuber to rot. You can avoid over watering by just finding another spot to plant your begonias if you feel the current location holds too much water for too long.
Begonia Planting Conditions
When planting begonias, a fatal mistake is to plant them before the temperature is warm enough to support them. Begonias are usually plants you’ll want in shaded areas without too much direct sunlight. They should still be planted in areas where the sun reaches them at some point during the day. It’s easy to tell if your begonia is not getting enough sun because it will grow to be tall and spindly.
If you choose to start them off indoors, you can plant them sooner, as long as you can keep their temperature at around 70 degrees. May is usually the ideal month to plant them outside, though in climates that are fairly warm in the winter months they can be planted earlier. Make sure you don’t plant your begonias too deep. The ideal depth is only half an inch to an inch under the surface of the soil.
Remember that while most species are similar, some need special care. Keeping these things in mind should ensure you a wonderful garden full of these great plants.