31 August 2020

Experince of growing begonias – how to grow begonias at home

By Christopher Brickell

My experience of growing begonias: I’ve had 4 decorative-leaf begonias for a long time: Begonia heracleifolia, 2 kinds of Begonia bowerae and Begonia masoniana. These beauties are a real home decoration! It so happened, that after many experiments on breeding begonia only they survived, and so they remained.

Growing begonias – Begonia Masoniana

growing begonias

The most capricious of my collection is Begonia Masoniana. It’ s been at my place for how long, and I still can’t please her. Out of four young leaves, only one survives, the rest wither and fall off. I water poorly, on the edge of the pot, and still it doesn’t like something. But I can’t break up with her because she’s beautiful.

Growing begonias – Begonia Heracleifolia

growing begonias
Begonia borshevicolis is the long-lasting one. It’s over 20 years old. It is surrounded by some plants and still occupies a table on the left side of the northeast window.

It’s the toughest of my begonias. I’ve poured it and dried it, but it lives long and hard. However, i can’t part with her: as they say, an old friend is better than the new two. And indeed, many “new” friends have left me, and this green simpleton is happy all year round.

Growing begonias – Begonia Bowerae

growing begonias
Begonias bowerae are also very resilient to adverse conditions. Everyone who comes to my house to admire the flowers is fascinated by the lush motley bushes.

Begonia bowerae has yellow spots like sun spray, so it feels like it’s all glowing. And the other beauty is very bright and the first to pay attention to herself, making you immediately ask the question: “And what is this flower?

How I take care of my begonias

Begonias are very fond of organic supplements. I make the soil for them as follows: take 3 parts of forest soil, 1 part of shop soil, 1 part of vermiculite, add 3 handfuls of coniferous substrate (also from forest), some coal, a handful of dry shredded cow manure and shredded moss. I mix everything and plant cuttings rooted in water in this soil. Leaves in this soil grow big, bright, shiny.

I water scarcely at first, and when the bush becomes larger in diameter than the pot, i [our it abundantly. I water more often and abundantly in summer than in winter.

I transfer my begonias into bigger pots 1-2 times a year. I keep them not on the windows, but on the table next to the window, because these plants can not stand direct sunlight.

All my girl beauties in one growing season build up a huge leaf mass so that the pots can not withstand it and a couple of times they even tipped over. Therefore, the pots have to be supported or tied, and the plants themselves must be rejuvenated once a year.