Begonia, also known as begonia or vigonia, is a favorite ornamental plant that is mainly planted in pots in the yard and on the balcony, as well as in impressive hanging baskets. A low-growing flower, usually reaching a height of 40-50 cm, the begonia is characterized by bright green, glossy foliage and many small pink or white flowers. We choose semi-shady planting locations for the begonia, where it does not get direct sunlight, in order to avoid burns on its foliage and flowers.
Begonia is sensitive to strong sun and intense cold, so we don’t want it to come into contact with cold and hot air currents. We place the pots with begonias in places with good ventilation that facilitate the reduction of humidity and avoid the development of diseases. It is worth noting that begonia varieties with red flowers are more resistant to direct sunlight than begonias with pink flowers, which are more sensitive.
We water the begonias often, in small quantities during the spring season and during the hot summer season. In winter we limit the water a lot, as excessive watering may cause the shoots to rot at the base of the plant. The begonia has a sensitive root system and we must in any case ensure good drainage by placing a layer of gravel at the base of the pot.
Begonia also has low nutritional requirements and we must be aware that excessive fertilization can cause intense burns on its leaves. We choose a special fertilizer for acidophilic plants, liquid or granular, and we fertilize the begonias, in a small amount, once a month, from spring to the end of autumn to enhance their growth and flowering.