A festive riot in the garden
Colourful begonias; always a success
The absolute classic: the begonia
The begonia’s origins are lost in the rain forests of Asia, Africa and South America, therefore a plant with an extensive habitat. This also says something about the begonia’s relatively easy ‘character’. As long as the conditions are favourable the plant will simply adapt. This uncomplicated nature also explains why the begonia is a popular choice for the terrace or balcony. However, the location needs to be agreeable, as the begonia has a liking for warmth and humidity. With around 1000 known varieties, begonias come in all the colours of the rainbow. It is difficult to imagine becoming bored with this wonderful and maintenance friendly external plant.
To care for the plant, it may be an idea to take a closer look at the conditions in a tropical rainforest, where sunlight seldom penetrates amid a great deal of shade. Most begonias thrive better away from harsh, direct sunlight. However, you can site one in a sunny location, but ensure it has ample water, particularly on very hot days. The earth needs to be moist, but not wet. Avoid spraying the leaves with water, as water can get trapped in the fine hairs of the leaves, which can result in mildew.
Begonias have a widespread root system, so the plant prefers a relatively wide pot. Also ensure the surplus water is free to drain from the pot. Ordinary compost will suffice. Fertilise once a week, in light doses, during growth and when flowering. You can find more tips here.