Begonia Fuchsioides Plant Care

Begonia Fuchsioides: All That You Wish To Discover

Begonia Fuchsioides with vibrant hanging flowersOne of the most attractive looking perennials you can grow in your landscape gardens, in pots or containers, in a shade house or simply cover with shade cloth, this will shelter and shade the Begonia Fuchsioides. The flowers, as well as the leaves, of this bushy plant, form the attractive part and this is why it is seen in many of the home gardens. The Begonias will grow as annuals and are not hardy. They can also be grown indoors as houseplants. The leaves of the Begonias are small, colourful and bare. The plant produces red coloured flowers. They thrive in moist soil and love to be in areas where there is filtered light. The stamen of the plant is upright and is zigzag between the nodes.

Characteristics of Begonia Fuchsioides

The Begonias belongs to the family Begoniaceae. They cannot be grown as cultivars. These plants reach a height of 0 to 2.5 feet and attain a maximum width of 0 to 2 feet. They can tolerate heat and humidity. The plant can be propagated from seeds, stem, leaf, or rhizome cuttings. The red flowers are long lasting and dangling and are mostly in red colour. There are Begonias that have light pink or pinkish-white flowers as well.

Growing conditions

The Begonia Fuchsioides prefer dappled light conditions to grow and bloom well. They can grow well in partially shady conditions. It is better to plant the Begonias in areas where the morning sun falls. They need to be watered regularly, as they love moisture when they are grown as houseplants. The plants grown to indoors love the bright light and hence have to be grown near windows where the plant gets exposure to the sun. The outdoor Begonia Fuchsioides prefer regular moisture and you should ensure that the plant gets regular watering for the first two years of installation. The soil has to be moist and a well-draining one, but not soggy. One of the best ways to water the Begonias is to water deeply and reduce the frequency of watering.

Planting Begonias in garden beds

  • Make certain that the garden bed has very good soil and one that has good drainage.
  • The weeds and the debris from the planting areas have to be removed first. Make sure to remove the new weeds that come up as soon as you spot them.
  • Adding organic manure or compost to the soil about a week before planting the Begonias is a good option and this will improve the condition of the soil.
  • The beds have to be 18 inches deep for the Begonia perennials.

The Begonias can also be grown easily in containers, hanging baskets and indoors. They can be propagated from seeds and cuttings.

Caring for Begonia Fuchsioides

Special care should be given to young Begonias, they will need additional phosphorus to help in developing a good root system. Fertilising established plants once a year is more than enough to encourage good plant growth and blooming. Never wait to re-water the plant. This could spell danger for the plant. Pinching the tips of the Begonias and pruning the outer stems during the growing period will help the plant to grow bushier. They can be propagated easily from different layering ideas and stem cuttings taken during autumn or spring. It is better to replace the plant once every five years.
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