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Begonia

Begonia

The Begonia is a striking houseplant. Originally, the plant occurs in humid and wooded areas. They usually remain small in size, but are largest in colour. The most popular species of Begonia are the Begonia Maculata (Stipple plant), Begonia Corallina (Angel Wing) and Begonia Rex. The latter is also widely used in ecosystems. Striking about the Begonia is that the plant contains both male and female species. The women can be recognized by the shape underneath the flowers. This is where the principle begins. For the female species this looks triangular.

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Begonia

The Begonia is a striking houseplant. Originally, the plant occurs in humid and wooded areas. They usually remain small in size, but are largest in colour. The most popular species of Begonia are the Begonia Maculata (Stipple plant), Begonia Corallina (Angel Wing) and Begonia Rex. The latter is also widely used in ecosystems. Striking about the Begonia is that the plant contains both male and female species. The women can be recognized by the shape underneath the flowers. This is where the principle begins. For the female species this looks triangular.

Begonia

The Begonia is a striking houseplant. Originally, the plant occurs in humid and wooded areas. They usually remain small in size, but are largest in colour. The most popular species of Begonia are the Begonia Maculata (Stipple plant), Begonia Corallina (Angel Wing) and Begonia Rex. The latter is also widely used in ecosystems. Striking about the Begonia is that the plant contains both male and female species. The women can be recognized by the shape underneath the flowers. This is where the principle begins. For the female species this looks triangular.

Indirect sunlight

Water once a week

No air-purifying plant

Once every 2 weeks extra nutrition

Toxic

Repot once every 2 years

Indirect sunlight

Water once a week

No air-purifying plant

Once every 2 weeks extra nutrition

Toxic

Repot once every 2 years

How do you take care of the Begonia?

The best location

A Begonia grows best with indirect sunlight. The chance of a flowering Begonia is then usually the highest. However, the Begonia also likes the half shade. In any case, avoid the bright midday sun. As soon as the Begonia starts to flower it is good to place the plant a little closer to the window. Whether or not a window facing south. A Begonia often grows towards the light. Do not forget to rotate the plant regularly. If the Begonia gets too much light the leaves will turn yellow. If there is too little light, leaves will fall out. Clear signals you should definitely listen to.

Watering the Begonia

Preferably the Begonia grows in a soil that is always moist. Feel on the ground regularly if this is still the case. The best way to control the moisture of the earth is to insert your little finger into the earth. In summer she needs water once a week. In the winter it is better to continue this ritual, but then you should give much less water. If too much excess water remains in the pot, the Begonia will suffer from root rot. And of course you want to avoid that! In addition, we recommend watering the Begonia with plant sprayer at least once a week.

Plant food

To keep the Begonia as beautiful as possible is by plant nutrition. You can add a little plant food every two weeks from spring to August. Make the Begonia happy!

Repotting

Pots of the Begonia can be done immediately after purchase of the plant. Since the plant remains very small, repotting is not necessary every year. We still recommend repotting the Begonia every 2 years. Use Universal potting soil and a flowerpot that is at least 20% larger than the previous one. Thanks to repotting, the plant will get new space to grow. The best time to repot a plant is in spring. In spring a plant gets new energy to grow. Infested roots from repotting can also help the plant to recover better.

Air purifying function

The Begonia is and remains small. The air-purifying tricks of the plant are therefore not worth mentioning. Though the Begonia can purify the air! Due to the usually small leaves, it takes longer for CO2 to be converted into oxygen. And these quantities are so small that you won’t notice. Too bad! Although of course the Begonia remains a plant that should certainly not be missing in your interior. With or without strong air-purifying function.

Is the Begonia poisonous?

Good to know the juice of the Begonia is poisonous. Therefore, avoid that children and/or pets can eat the leaf. The juice can irritate when in contact with dry hands or wounds. Has the leaf of the Begonia been eaten? Then contact a doctor.

Diseases and peculiarities

The Begonia is a plant that is very sensitive to mildew. To prevent diseases and vermin you can regularly clean the leaves. Do you come across mildew or other vermin at the Begonia? Then use chemical pesticide.

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