Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Begonias are native to tropical regions like Hawaii, South America, and China. In these places, the begonia is a perennial plant. There are over 1500 species of begonias, making it one of the largest genus of flowering plants. Begonias can be recognized by their waxy green or chocolate colored leaves. Their flowers can be pink, white, red, or yellow. All have bright yellow centers.
Begonias like rich, loose, well-drained soil. Remove dead flowers, leaves, and stems. If you give them a little care, they will bloom from spring to the first frost. Begonias do not like frost. Even a light one will kill them. So, if you want to keep them alive from season to season, bring them indoors before the danger of frost.
Propagation of begonias can be done either from seeds or from cuttings. I personally prefer to go to the garden center and buy the seedlings, rather than start them from seeds.
If you don't have a green thumb, but would like to grow flowers, these are pretty easy. I think you'll enjoy them.