INFORMATION ABOUT BEGONIAS…
Some varieties are annuals while others are perennial.
Some of them are climbers, some are shrubs, some are succulents, some are trailers and some are something else completely.
Some are tuberous, while others have rhizomes and still others have fibrous roots.
They can be evergreen or deciduous.
Finding out exactly what makes a begonia a begonia is a bit difficult.
Begonias grow naturally in tropical to subtropical climates. They are commonly grown as houseplants but can be grown outside in humid warm areas.
Indoors, begonias grow best in bright but indirect light. They prefer soil that is slightly acidic and do not like their soil to be soggy and waterlogged. The best temperatures for growing begonias inside are from between 66-75 degrees. Repot your begonia once a year.
Many people grow begonias as annuals outside. They grow best in well-drained rich soil that is slightly acidic in partial shade.
There are seven different sub species of begonia. These are:
Cane Stemmed Begonias are woody, fibrous rooted upright evergreen perennials
Rex Cultorum Begonias are mostly evergreen perennials that flower rarely and are grown for their foliage.
Rhizomatous Begonias are mostly evergreen perennials that do flower and have rhizomes.
Seperflorens Begonias are bush like, compact evergreens with soft succulent stems.
Shrub Like Begonias are bushy evergreen perennials with freely branching erect stems. Grown mostly for their foliage.
Tuberous Begonias upright, bushy, tuberous perennials that go dormant in cooler weather.
Winter Flowering Begonias low growing, compact evergreen perennials that produce flowers in cooler weather.
The variety of begonias that are available is mind boggling but fortunately almost all of the varieties that can be found are lovely to see and relatively easy to grow. Take the time this year to grow some begonias in your house or garden and you will be richly rewarded by these widely varied plants.
Part of the Begoniaceae family
Some species of Begonias: Begonia Bertinii, Begonia crispa, Begonia pendula, Begonia fimbriata, Begonia marmorata, Begonia multiflora maxima
Common mispellings: begoneia, bigonia, bagoneia, bgonia, bogonia, begona, bigona, bgona