Begonia: home care for its comfortable life all year round
To date, more than 12,000 hybrids and varieties of evergreen herbaceous and shrub plants are united under the common name "begonia". Properly organized home care for these plants allows you to enjoy their luxurious flowering and gorgeous foliage almost all year round.
Room begonia: approaches to the classification of varieties and hybrids
Since this family of indoor plants is quite numerous, there are several criteria by which the begonia flower is classified. Care and cultivation of each species depends on its individual characteristics.
So, the simplest and most understandable classification of indoor begonias is their division into bushy, decorative-deciduous and flowering blossoms. The latter are valued for their luxurious blooms and many shades,decorative and deciduous - for their leaves of the original form and color, and bushy - for a gorgeous thick crown, pleasing the eye almost all year round. Within each group, there are also divisions, for example, into plants, in which the next generation is grown from tubers, and into those that do not die off for the winter, but simply fall into a state of deep dormancy.
Begonia - a great decoration for your window
The most popular members of the family are varieties bred for growing on the window sill of a regular apartment. They are compact lush bushes with luxurious flowers that can please the eye almost year-round. Inflorescences of begonias can be both single and double. The extraordinary variety of shades is striking, which every year is replenished with new and new thanks to the continuous work of breeders. Leaf hybrids of begonias deserve special attention, although they will not be able to please with their chic attractive flowering, they look very original due to the luxurious foliage of asymmetrical shape and unusual coloring.
Begonia: home care
Begonias feel equally comfortable in the pot on the windowsill, in the box on the balcony, in the flowerpot on the street and in the flowerbed, and varieties with long shoots - and in hanging pots. I would like to pay more attention to how to properly care for begonia in indoor conditions.
Lots of sun and light. But be careful, because the begonia flower does not require direct rays. Care at home for this plant will be the most optimal in the south-west or southeast window. Like many houseplants, begonia can lean to the light, so the flower pot must not be forgotten to turn regularly. However, this should not be done during the flowering period: at this time, it is better not to disturb the begonia without much need.
Begonia does not like the heat, but does not enjoy the cold. The optimum temperature for a comfortable life is within 15 ° C - 20 ° C.
Watering and moisture
In this regard, quite capricious begonia. Care at home should be provided in such a way that watering is abundant, but moisture in no way stagnates. The air should be constantly humidified, but spraying the leaves is not recommended.On particularly hot days, it is better to place a pallet with wet pebbles or moss next to the pot.
As you can see, nothing complicated. But even if it will be necessary to make an effort, they will pay off with interest, and the beautiful begonia with lush foliage and luxurious buds will decorate your window sill all year round.