Learn about Begonias
The first thing a beginner needs to do is learn about Begonia. Begonias that can be planted can be seeds or young plants.
Growing Begonia from seed takes longer and more difficult treatment. This method is unsuitable for beginners because difficulty eliminates the spirit of gardening.
The type of Begonia itself is quite diverse in terms of color. You need to find out first what kind of colors you want. Some varieties of Begonia have red, yellow, pink, white, and purple.
All types of varieties have an attractive appearance. You should also understand that Begonias need special conditions to thrive.
Preparing Equipment for Planting
Several preparations you need to make before starting to plant. Buy pots, young begonias, fertilizer, and planting equipment. It is not recommended for beginners to buy Begonia seeds, especially online.
Many online shops claim to sell Begonia seeds. Unfortunately,, the seed is not Begonia, and I’ve had this happen.
You should always buy planting equipment only at trusted stores. Trusted stores usually have pretty good reviews on the internet. The rating is often high, approaching the maximum number of 5.
Don’t buy seeds from bad rating sellers because they tend to give bad service. Bad service tends to harm the buyer financially. They often don’t want to be responsible for the wrong delivery of goods.
Preparing the Soil
The soil used to grow begonias needs a mixture of fertilizers. The fertilizer will provide nutrients and slightly acidic properties that match begonias. The fertilizer used can be in the form of organic fertilizer.
You can buy fertilizer at a gardening store and consult directly with the seller to choose the best one.
According to some literature, you need to make 1/3 soil, 1/3 fertilizer, 1/3 water. It’s just that those of you who plant in pots make sure that the bottom of the pot has a hole.
The presence of holes can help flush out excess water in the soil when accidentally adding too much water.
Understand the Right Place and Time to Plant
Growing Begonia also needs to consider the right time and place. If you live in a tropical country, you don’t have a problem planting at any time because the temperature supports the growth of this plant. But it’s different for some who live in a country with four seasons.
The presence of winter makes people choose to plant Begonias in the right season after winter has passed. The plants will likely die in winter because they can’t stand cold weather. Unless you have a greenhouse, these plants will freeze as soon as winter arrives.
If you don’t have a greenhouse, you can bring these plants into your house and bring them back out when winter is over.
Put Soil in the Pot and Start Planting
Put the soil and fertilizer mixture into the pot and make a hole in the middle to put the young Begonia. Depth to plant Begonias needs adjustment to plant height. Those who are done with this step can move on to the next step for growing Begonias.
One hole is used to plant one Begonia. For those who plant Begonia in the ground, you still need to place one hole for one plant. But you can place another hole close to the first Begonia.
Begonias can also be planted with other plants near. Cover the hole with soil. The process of smoothing the soil can be done by pressing gently so that the Begonia can stand upright.
Water the Plants
The process of tidying the soil around this plant is complete. The next Begonia growth stages are when to start watering and don’t give too much water.
The first time they are transplanted, these plants need more water than usual. Then you can start watering once a day because Begonia is a plant that doesn’t like too much water.
The process of a watering can be done with the help of sprinklers. If you find it raining heavily outside, immediately move the Begonia to an area that is more protected from rain. It doesn’t matter if you move this plant for a moment to the terrace.
You should always avoid Begonia getting too much water, even if it’s the result of rain. The roots of Begonia can rot when it gets too much water because it is the nature of this plant that it does not like too much water.
Protect from Pests
All plants that are placed outdoors are susceptible to pests. You can sprinkle crushed eggshells to keep snails and slugs from coming to your Begonia. Mealybugs can be eradicated by using rubbing alcohol once a month.