Green Living

Plant of the month – Begonia

The begonia is known for its brilliant, frilly flowers and its fancy foliage. This easy-to-grow flowering specimen will flourish in the right place in your home.

Care Instructions:

Begonia ‘Elatior’ hybrids do best in medium-lit, well-ventilated rooms. Watering correctly is important.

Soil should remain moist, but not too wet. Water begonias at the base to avoid leaf spots and the possibility of fungal diseases on flowers. Allow the top 20cm or so of soil to dry out before watering again. Protect from powdery mildew by supplying adequate ventilation. Begonias are best treated as an annual and discarded when flowering has finished.

Living room spaces are perfect for begonias, as they are generally not in direct sunlight. However, if you do have a particularly sunny living room, choose another area in your home where your begonia will not be exposed to direct sunlight. Begonias look amazing as a coffee table centerpiece or clustered together with beautiful leafy plants.

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