Annual begonia flower plants have many uses in the summer garden and beyond. Annual begonia plant care is relatively simple when one properly learns how to grow begonias. Watering is important in the care of the begonia plant, as is the right location.
Annual Gardening Begonia Flower Plant
Known as wax begonia plants or bedding begonias, annual begonia plants (Begonia semperflorens) grow quickly, and easily fill in spaces in the garden that will benefit from attractive foliage and frilly flowers. They can be a focal point when planted in mass and are excellent specimens for container or pot combinations. Annual begonia flower plants are also deer resistant, so keep them in mind for trouble spots in the landscape.
Begonia plants wax begonias in a full sun to shaded location. Bright sun locations during hot summer days may stress annual begonia plants, making them susceptible to disease. Therefore, in areas where summers are exceptionally hot, plant wax begonia plants where they will get afternoon shade.
Annual Begonia Plant Care
Once appropriately placed in the flower bed or hanging basket, deadheading spent blooms and keeping the soil humid is the basis of annual begonia care.
Watering correctly is important in the care of begonia flower plants. Soil should remain humid, but not too wet. A well-draining soil or potting soil mix simplifies this task. Water wax begonia plants at the base to avoid leaf spot and the possibility of fungal diseases.
The most compact and healthy wax begonia plant results from deadheading and pinching back regularly. Annual begonia flower plants may be cut back before frost and used inside as a houseplant in winter. Once inside, keep the soil moist, provide required humidity with a pebble tray and place in bright filtered light.
Cuttings may be propagated for additional begonia plants. Divide in spring for more outdoor begonia flower plants.
Now that you’ve learned how to grow a begonia plant each year, you can take advantage of this perky plant in the summer landscape. Foliage may be green or bronze/maroon with single or double begonia flowers in pinks, whites and reds. This is a simple way to grow flowering specimens that will flourish in the right place in your garden.