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How To Care For A Begonia?

The Begonia is one of the most beautiful plants used as either an indoor or outdoor source of greenery depending on where in the world the owner lives. Caring for a Begonia begins with making sure it is planted, pruned, fed and watered correctly over the course of its lifetime. To begin the process of understanding how to care properly for a Begonia we must assemble the correct equipment to make sure we can care successfully for the plants, this means fertilizer, a saucer, gravel and water must all be readily available when looking at how best to care for a Begonia.

Once all the necessary equipment has been assembled we must take a look at how healthy the plant is at the current time. One simple to avoid problem with the Begonia is the rotting of organic material still attached to the plant, which is a problem occurring throughout the life of the plant as new stems and material grows. Simply remove the dead or dying leaves at their junction with the main stem of the plant, this means that the entire dead and dying stem is removed to avoid pieces of the plant rotting as the plant continues to grow.

Once the Begonia is cleared of any rotting or damaged organic material it must then be fed to make sure it grows successfully and healthily over the coming months. A good option are fertilizer pellets that offer a time release option, usually for between three and six months. In colder climates, the begonia is usually a house plant and therefore only requires fertilizer for the duration of the summer, which means feeding times should be limited to periods when food is required. Making sure the fertilizer is administered in the correct amount is important, with every package of fertilizer including instructions on how much to feed based on the diameter of the plant pot.

Many people become worried by the way they should water a Begonia, with the correct amount of water administered being more than any plant owner may imagine. The root ball of the Begonia should be thoroughly watered, which means almost the entire pot of soil holding the Begonia should be damp when the water is administered. Adding small amounts of water at regular intervals is not always a good idea as only the top layer of soil will then be damp and the root ball will be damaged as it dries out.

Room temperature water should always be used to avoid shocking the plant, with cold water left in a watering can for several hours before administering.

Once the excess water has drained through the pot, the Begonia can be placed on a saucer and the next step in maintaining the plant can begin. Water pressing against the leaves of the Begonia will often cause damage to the plant, which can be avoided by a layer of small stones or gravel being added to the surface of the soil around the plant to provide some form of protection.

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