Are begonias better in sun or shade?

Are begonias better in sun or shade?

Most begonias grow best in part shade (4 to 6 hours of direct morning sun a day), or filtered sun (as through trees). Most will tolerate full shade (no direct or filtered sun), but won’t be as dense and usually have fewer flowers. A few grow in full sun.

How do you care for potted begonias?

Avoid giving them too much water and allow them to dry out slightly between waterings. If they are kept cool, you may notice they can tolerate a longer time without water. Place the begonia pot in a bright spot where it can receive morning sunlight and a bit of afternoon shade.

How long do potted begonias last?

Pour water over the stones, just short of covering them, and set your plant pot on top of the stones, above the surface of the water. As the water evaporates, it will create a zone of humidity around your plant. No begonia has a long life span. Most only live for 2 to 3 years, even with good care.

How do you keep begonias looking good?

The most compact and healthy wax begonias result from deadheading and pinching back regularly. Annual begonia plants may be cut back before frost and used inside as a houseplant in winter. Once inside, keep the soil moist, provide humidity with a pebble tray and place in bright filtered light.

Where do begonias grow best?

Where to Plant Begonias. Wax begonias do best in part shade, particularly during the summer months, but will do well in full sun when planted over the winter as a perennial. Use these compact plants in borders and/or to mass plant in a flower bed. For best results plant begonias in rich, moist, well-drained soil.

How often should I water potted begonias?

Like other indoor plants, begonias enter a dormancy period in the colder months. During this time, you’ll want to water only once every three to four weeks to avoid similar situations with the plant drowning in water. Once growth begins in the spring, you can resume the regular watering schedule.

Can you keep begonias from year to year?

CORVALLIS – Many people enjoy the lush blossoms of tuberous begonias in pots on patios and as outdoor hanging plants. There’s no need to throw them away when cold weather hits and the tops die. The tubers can be saved over the winter and planted again the next spring for another year of showy color.

Can you leave begonias in pots over winter?

Tuberous begonias should be dug up and stored indoors during winter until the return of warmer weather in spring. Begonias can be dug up in fall once foliage has faded or just after the first light frost. Pot-grown begonia plants can be stored in their containers as long as they remain dry.

Is Miracle Grow good for begonias?

For strong growth and a traditional look, opt for premium-quality Miracle-Gro® Brilliant Blooms Begonias. * Or, choose Begonia ‘Canary Wing’ or ‘Dragon Wing’ for modern twists on this classic blooming houseplant.

How do you keep begonias blooming?

Select a location receiving more direct morning or evening sunlight than mid day sun. Early morning / late day sunlight is much cooler with less intense rays. By keeping begonias out of the mid-day direct sun, the plants have less stress, and will produce more blooms.

Do begonias bloom all summer?

Begonias brighten up shady areas with their colorful blooms. Unlike most flowering plants, which require at least a half day of full sun, begonias actually prefer growing in the shade. They also never have a down time. Once begonias start flowering, they bloom continuously from summer to frost.

How to care for a tuberous begonia plant?

Tuberous Begonia Care. Water the plants regularly to keep the potting soil slightly moist. Provide a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer monthly during the growing season. Be sure to provide plenty of air circulation to prevent powdery mildew.

Can you plant begonias outside in the winter?

Tuberous begonias are frost-tender. If you live in USDA plant hardiness zone 10 and above, you can grow tuberous begonias outdoors year round. Otherwise, you’ll need to dig the tubers and store them during the winter.

What kind of conditions do Rex begonias need?

Growing Conditions. Because they are not aggressive bloomers, they can tolerate less light than other begonias and will thrive under fluorescent lights. Water: Rex begonias like even water but hate being overwatered, and they thrive on humidity but don’t like direct misting, which encourages powdery mildew.

What kind of fertilizer to use on begonias in winter?

Use warm water in a misting bottle. Fertilize your begonias. You should fertilize your winter-blooming plants with a high-phosphorus, water-soluble fertilizer that contains little or no nitrogen. Do this once a month from February through September.