Begonias are flowering and foliage plants of more than 1,000 species. Begonias are in warm weather plants, but to survive through the winter if kept indoors for storage or as houseplants. Begonias do not suffer a lot of problems, but the plants are vulnerable when it comes to water. They are struggling with too little water, and disease problems arise when they are overwatered.
Lack of moisture
While wax begonias tolerate drought better than other varieties, all begonias require a moist – but not wet – well-drained soil. If planted in a clay pot, your plant to lose moisture quickly. Clay pots moisture transport away from the ground. Water not on a strict schedule, but by feeling the soil. The Clemson Cooperative Extension recommends watering your plants evenly, so that the soil slightly moist. Reduce the amount of water provided in the winter. Use less fertilizer. Begonias require feeding only every other watering. Use a balanced, half-strength fertilizer applied moderately.
Too much moisture
Angel wing begonias, a type of sugar cane-stemmed begonia, not tolerate hot, dry conditions. However, developing these begonias mildew disease if overwatered. The infection leads to spotting of the leaves, and then drying the leaves. The North Dakota State University Extension suggests treating this condition by improving the air circulation around your plants and remove damaged leaves. Not mist the leaves of Begonia.
Although begonias with colorful leaves need more light, keep foliage begonias, like rex begonias, out of direct sunlight. While foliage begonias usually have a better performance in humid conditions require rex begonias humidity of 50 percent or higher, or you risk your plants develop leaves with brown edges and a crisp, according to the University of Illinois Extension. This moisture, it may be difficult to achieve at home in the winter when the air dries. Shells around your plants increase humidity filled with water, but did not set the pots in the water.
Allow some begonias to dry for the winter camp, including tuberous begonias. As fall approaches, begin to reduce the amount and frequency of water until the leaves dry and withered stalks. Overwinter the tubers in dry peat moss or vermiculite in a temperature range of about 45 to 55 degrees. Take them out in the spring, the gradual increase in the water you put them and they. To indirect light