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Planting begonias: how the flowers bloom!


Planting begonias in the garden is not particularly difficult. You only have to consider a few important things when choosing a location and maintenance.

There are over 1000 species of begonias are easy-care, easy-flowering plants. Depending on the variety, they are suitable for the garden and for window boxes. The begonia also comes into its own as a houseplant. You can't go wrong with planting and caring for begonias. The hardy plants ensure that the flowers are in abundance at the right location all summer long. Indoor begonias bloom even in winter. Here you will learn how to choose the right begonia species and what you should consider when planting.

Over 1000 species - a decision-making aid for choosing begonias

Begonias are among the slant family, of which there are more than 1,000 different species and over 12,000 varieties worldwide. With so much variety, the choice is not easy! The individual types differ in the leaf and flower shape. There are begonias with double and double flowers, in all colors and many different sizes.

Tuberous begonias, ice begonias and Elatior begonias are well suited as outdoor begonias. They thrive in the bed, in the tub and in the balcony box. Ice begonias are annual plants, the other species form root bulbs or rhizomes and can be overwintered well. Tuberous begonias, which are also available as fragrant begonias, or eliator begonias fit in living rooms.

The ideal time to plant begonias

In February you get the tubers of your begonias out of hibernation. To do this, place the bulbs in pots with the dent facing up and cover them with a thin layer of soil. The plants sprout out of the dent. Direct sunlight, too much heat and too much water are not good for the driving begonias. So put on a bright windowsill, avoid the midday sun and water only moderately!

The plants are allowed to go outdoors from May. Make sure that the driven begonias do not get frost. It is better not to leave pots and window boxes outside if there is a risk of frost. It is important for all begonias that there is no waterlogging. If you place the plants in the balcony box or in a bucket, make sure that there is drainage so that excess water can drain off. The planting distance is around 20 centimeters.

If you are already buying flowering begonias, the following also applies: Only put them outdoors when there is no longer any danger of forestry. Bedding plants can easily be covered with brushwood or an air-permeable film if the temperature falls below freezing on the May nights.

Soil quality and location

Begonias like moist, nutrient-rich soil. A special begonia soil or a mixture with compost is suitable for boxes. Weekly fertilizers or slow-release fertilizers encourage flowering. Water regularly. In warm weather, a lukewarm leaf shower is also good.

The right location is in partial shade and shade. On the sunny south side of the balcony or terrace, it is usually too hot for begonias! The plants are quite robust, but the location should be protected from the wind due to the relatively thin stems.

Planting begonias: the best tips at a glance

  • Drive bulbs into the room after winter
  • sit outside after the ice saints
  • Keep soil moderately moist, avoid waterlogging
  • fertilize regularly

With bulbous begonias, you can be sure of a rich floral display year after year with little effort! In addition, the tubers can be easily divided and propagated - this way the begonia becomes a blooming savings plant!