How to water begonia

The watering of begonia is a rather simple process: in fact, the plant, coming from regions with a warm temperate and even tropical climate, does not present any particular needs. The wetting of the begonia must be frequent but not excessive. Whenever you intend to proceed with watering it is important to check if the soil is dry. On the contrary, by wetting when the soil is still damp, you risk submerging the roots of the plant and therefore causing the consequent rot. The watering process varies according to the seasons. The wetting must be more frequent in summer and must be progressively reduced in winter. Another precaution to be kept in summer is the vaporization of the leaves, a process to be interrupted in winter.

How to cure begonia

For proper begonia care it is important to choose the exact sun exposure of the plant. Generally, we proceed by placing the begonia in a sunny or partially shaded area. The ideal temperature of the plant is around 18 or 20 degrees and in winter it is important that it does not drop below 5 degrees. The best time to plant begonia is around March or April. It is recommended to initially place the plant in a pot with a depth of 7/8 cm and then increase the size of the pot up to 15/20 cm. To obtain larger flowers it is necessary to reduce the plant to a single stem, leaving only a few small lateral branching. The withered branches should be pruned in March, before repotting the begonia.

How to fertilize begonia

Begonia needs a soil rich in organic substances. The suitable soil can be made up half of peat and half of substances such as sand, expanded clay or perlite. To fertilize begonia, we proceed using a well balanced fertilizer in which sodium, phosphorus and potassium are present in equal measure. If you want to favor the flowering of the plant, you can choose a fertilizer richer in phosphorus and potassium. Generally, it is fertilized during the vegetative season, from March to September, and it is done every 20 days. These interventions must be suspended during the winter season. Before the complete suspension, we recommend the use of a slow release fertilizer to ensure the plant has sufficient nutrients.It is recommended to proceed with a liquid fertilizer that must be diluted with the

Begonia: Diseases of begonia

Very often the tubers and roots are affected by weevils that pierce the tubers and attach themselves to the roots.Begonia is also often affected by mites that attack the buds and deform the leaves.Moreover, among the various diseases the most common are the gray molds that appear as dark spots on the leaves and flowers and as light, powdery spots on the stems. In this case it is good to control the humidity of the soil and ventilate the environment around the begonia. Another thing to do is to eliminate the areas of the plant already affected by mold.Another possible disease of begonia is root rot, often caused by excessive watering of the plant. It is possible to save begonia by extracting it from the ground and cleaning the tubers and rhizomes well.

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