How To Take Care Of A Begonia Plant

A Begonia Plant

Plant lovers are everywhere. With the variety of plants available in our surroundings, it is not surprising to rediscover a new type every day. Each plant has its beauty and care requirements, from orchids and aerial shrubs to succulents. Depending on your location, most plants thrive with minimal care. Considering all the possible benefits of having plants around you, your time and effort will surely pay off. We hope you will take the time to rediscover a plant called Begonia for this article. Finish reading this article and learn how to take care of Begonia plants.

How To Care For A Begonia Plant

Most Begonias prefer partial shade. You may place your plant under direct sunlight in the morning for around 4 to 6 hours straight. Direct sunlight might be harsh for your plant as it damages its foliage. Begonia plants prefer temperatures of around 75 degrees Fahrenheit up to at least below mid-60 degrees during nighttime. If your place’s temperature is high, do not worry, Begonias can survive.

Begonias will thrive in soil that is neither dry nor saturated. To maintain the soil’s moisture, you must take note of a proper watering schedule. Feeding Begonias depends on its status and the type of Begonias. For wax and tuberous Begonias, you may feed it with a 15-15-15 fertilizer or a 7-9-5 fertilizer formula, depending on whether it has bloomed.

The best time to repot your Begonia plant is when it is filled with roots. You can check this by gently removing the plant from its pot. If there’s still loose soil around the plant, allow it to grow more. If not, it’s time to re-pot.

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It is only necessary to prune your Begonias when they start to overgrow or to encourage new or bushy growth. Indoor Begonias can be pruned anytime. It is also crucial for some Begonias to be pruned after they bloom. To prune your Begonias, remove any dead leaves or branches.

Educating yourself on caring for a Begonia plant includes considering possible pests and diseases. Your Begonia may catch some disease problems: Botrytis blight, stem rot, powdery mildew, and Pythium root. You must also watch out for the following pests: mealybugs, spider mites, thrips, snails, scales, and slugs. Please remember that they are sensitive to insecticidal soaps. Only use a small amount of insecticidal soap to eliminate pests without killing the plant.

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Is A Begonia Plant Toxic?

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Begonias contain a mildly toxic substance called calcium oxalate. Especially when ingested, this can be unpleasant to humans and animals such as dogs, cats, and horses. Begonias produce an unpleasant sensation in the mouth and throat. Symptoms that your pets or kids might ingest Begonias are experiencing a burning sensation, excessive drooling, and swelling of the mouth and lips. Because of this, it is advisable to avoid leaving your pets and kids unattended with this type of plant.

Read more: Are Succulents Poisonous To Cats/ Dogs Or Humans? 7 Succulents That Are Poisonous To Cats & Dogs.

How to Propagate Begonia Plant

Generally, summer is the ideal time to propagate your Begonia plants. The best method to use is to propagate through leaf cuttings. However, you can also propagate Begonia plants by seeds. Below are the step-by-step guides:

Method #1: Propagation Through Leaf Cuttings

  • Choose a healthy Begonia mother plant that has grown tall or leggy.
  • Take cuttings around 4 inches long.
  • Cut off the stem just below the node.
  • Use clean garden scissors to remove the lower leave, leaving only a couple at the top of the cutting.
  • Place the cutting in freshwater, with the cut-end down.
  • Expect roots to develop after a month or less.
  • Wait until the roots grow up to a couple of inches long before planting on a pot.
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Method #2: Propagation Through Seeds

Here are a few steps to take if you want to propagate Begonias through seeds successfully:

  • Fill a pot or tray with a fine potting mixture.
  • Moisten it well and allow the excess water to flow.
  • Level the soil to avoid any dips or depressions.
  • Place the seeds evenly on the surface of your mixture.
  • Firm them lightly to ensure they are in contact with the mixture.
  • Spray the surface with lukewarm water.
  • Place the seed container in a clear plastic bag or a mini greenhouse to provide high humidity.
  • In around 14 days, you should expect to see very tiny green leaves appear.
  • You may remove the seedlings and transfer them to individual pots when they already have 2 to 3 layers.

Final Words

All in all, knowing how to take care of Begonia plants is relatively easy. Your Begonia plant will thrive with proper watering, shaded sunlight, and propagation care. On Succulent City, we write about some Begonia plants. Check them below:

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