Question - Are begonias perennial?

Answered by: Susan Carter  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 23-08-2021  |  Views: 764  |  Total Questions: 13

There are no perennial begonias. There are forms that make great houseplants and will grow year-round indoors, but outdoors the plants are all unable to tolerate frost. Like Impatiens, Begonias are actually tender perennials (come back year after year) that are usually treated as annuals (gone forever at first frost). In deep shade situations, Begonias will stretch and become leggy, so do give them a spot with at least a few hours of sunlight for the best results. Store begonia tubers individually in paper bags or line them in a single layer atop newspaper. Place these in a cardboard box in a cool, dark, dry location. You should also be overwintering a begonia grown outdoors in containers. Pot-grown begonia plants can be stored in their containers as long as they remain dry. 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. Take the following steps to save your potted tuberous begonia tubers: Remove plant from pot before hard frosts occur. Although Nonstop begonia is usually grown as an annual, it is perennial in the temperate climate of U. S. Department of Agriculture growing zone 10 and above. Plant Nonstop begonias in a flower bed, hanging basket or patio container.

Following some general growing tips common to most begonias, however, probably will encourage your plants to bloom. Grow begonias in bright, indirect sunlight or dappled sunlight, preferably in an area with high humidity. Water begonias thoroughly when the top 1/2 to 1 inch of their soil feels dry.

Begonias (Begonia spp. ) are difficult to grow from seed, but the seeds themselves are quite easy to retrieve from plants at the end of the flowering period. Let the seed pods dry as much as possible on the plant, but remove them before they split open and disperse seeds on the ground.

do not require deadheading to thrive. Rather they self-clean by dropping spent flowers on their own. However, if you want to clean up your begonias a bit faster than nature does, or if you want to encourage the plant to produce more stems, you should get into the habit of deadheading.

Morning sun (and a little afternoon shade) is perfect. Wax begonias can tolerate more sun than other types, and the ones with bronze-colored leaves are the most sun-tolerant of all. Tuberous begonias prefer more shade and less heat, so we often see them on display in late summer. Soil: Light, rich, humusy soil.

Varies, with the most common types, wax and tuberous begonias, blooming from early summer until frost. Bloom times may also vary if grown indoors and some types bloom all year.

The main rule of thumb for watering begonias is to not let the soil dry out completely. Stick your finger into the soil, and if it dry to your first knuckle, it's time to water. Avoid overwatering, which will cause the foliage to turn yellow and eventually drop.

WHEN TO PLANT: Begonias should be planted outdoors in late spring after any threat of any frost has passed. TIPS FOR GETTING AN EARLY START: For earlier flowers, you can start your begonias in pots indoors 8 weeks before you expect to plant them outdoors.

Trailing-scandent begonias grow along the ground or vine up tree trunks. They can grow from 6 inches to 8 feet or more. They form roots at the nodes and can spread over large areas. Thick-stemmed begonias develop treelike stems and in warm climates can grow 20 feet tall.

Some types of begonias can be propagated using different techniques like leaf cuttings, division and root cuttings. All begonias, however, can be propagated by rooting stem cuttings, sometimes called tip cuttings. Many begonias root easily, and you can use the simpler technique of rooting them in water.

Overwintering Dahlias If you live in a cold climate it's best to overwinter dahlias. Wait until after a couple of frosts. Then, cut off the dead foliage a few inches about the soil and let the pot dry out in your garage or shed. At this point, carefully dig up the tubers and brush off all the extra dirt.

Generally, fibrous and rhizomatous begonias make excellent houseplants while tuberous begonias can be grown as houseplants but have a harder time surviving due to the need for higher humidity and light than the other two kinds. Begonias grown indoors are especially susceptible to root rot and overwatering.

When saving geraniums for the winter in pots, dig up your geraniums and place them in a pot that can comfortable fit their rootball. Prune the geranium back by one-third. Water the pot thoroughly and place in a cool but well lit part of your house.

Water begonias carefully. Let the potting soil dry out slightly between watering during lower light and cooler temperatures of late fall and winter. If possible, use room temperature water that has been distilled. Mist the foliage of Rex (foliage) type begonias twice a week or provide high humidity to avoid leaf drop.