From Seed to Blossom: Growing Gorgeous Begonia Flowers

Team McFly Apr 02, 2023
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How to Grow Begonia Flowers

Begonia flowers add a vibrant splash of color to any garden, container, or window boxes. With over 2,000 species available, begonias can be grown as annuals or perennials for year-round enjoyment.

Whether you're growing begonias as garden plants or indoors, it is essential to understand how to care for them properly. Read on to discover their watering, lighting, fertilization needs, and other helpful tips for success.



Begonias are delicate perennial flowers displayed indoors in pots and hanging baskets. They come in an array of shapes, sizes, and colors.

These plants make great houseplants, especially the rhizomatous or cane types (like bamboo cane, angel wing, and rex begonias), with vibrant leaves in multiple shades and patterns. In addition, you can plant them outdoors during summer to add a tropical flair to your garden or patio, where they can be combined with ferns and other shade-loving plants for maximum visual impact.

When cultivating Begonia flowers outdoors and indoors, choosing the appropriate soil is essential. They thrive best in well-draining, acidic soil with adequate moisture retention.

Begonias thrive best in soil temperatures between 55 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. However, they should be allowed to dry out slowly as this can lead to mildew. In addition, they prefer indirect sunlight for optimal growth, such as an east- or west-facing window.

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To successfully grow Begonia flowers, you must ensure they receive enough light. Be mindful that Begonias are sensitive to too much sun and may not flower if exposed to excessive exposure.

They require indirect light filtered through trees or other plants. The amount of light required depends on the variety. Some varieties of Begonias prefer partial shade, while others can tolerate full sun. Nonetheless, the plants will grow less densely and have fewer flowers.

These plants are particularly vulnerable to diseases and pests. If any of these issues arise, diagnosing them promptly and then administering treatment accordingly is essential.

Fibrous-rooted Begonias can be propagated through leaf cuttings or division. To do so, sow seed onto moist multipurpose compost in early spring and cover with a lid or cling film for high humidity levels.



Begonias are beloved gardeners for their stunning blooms in various colors. Some varieties even boast ruffled blooms or picotee edging for added beauty.

Begonias are perfect for containers, window boxes, and shady borders. They are easy to care for, and their vibrant flowers add color to any home landscape.

Most flowering begonias, annuals, and perennials prefer partial shade with moistened soil rich in organic content. Some varieties, like wax begonia (Begonia semperflorens), prefer full sun but direct exposure can scorch the leaves of Greenleaf varieties.

Some types of begonias, such as fibrous-rooted and dwarf bedding varieties, can be started from stem cuttings more easily than other varieties. Dip the cuttings in rooting hormone and plant them in moist peat moss before overwintering indoors until replanting in the garden the following summer.

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Begonia flowers require regular fertilization to stay healthy and bloom. Like many tuberous plants, these beauties require frequent applications of a balanced garden fertilizer for lush foliage and strong roots.

To guarantee your Begonia plants get all the essential nutrients, start fertilizing them early in their growing season with a slow-release organic all-purpose fertilizer applied about ten weeks before flowers bloom. Doing this gives your flowers the best chance at flourishing and healthy during this critical stage of development.

Once your begonias reach full bloom in the summer, continue applying a monthly fertilizer application to their base. Apply it evenly around each plant's base rather than directly onto its leaves or stems.

Begonias prefer well-drained soil, and they do well with light granular or soilless potting mix. However, steer clear of typical garden clay soil as it's compacted and reduces oxygen circulation to their roots, leading to wilting and yellowing foliage.

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In Conclusion:

In conclusion, inexperienced and seasoned gardeners can enjoy and benefit from growing begonia flowers. With the right care, these lovely plants can flourish in various conditions and bring color and style to any setting. Remember to provide your begonias enough sunlight, water, and nutrients, as well as to shield them from insects and diseases. You can enjoy the beauty of Begonia flowers in your house or yard for many years with a little perseverance and care. Happy gardening!

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