Begonia plant care guide

Begonia plant

Begonias are beautiful flowering plants that come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. They are popular choices for both indoor and outdoor gardens. Here's a plant care guide for Begonias:

Begonias belong to the Begoniaceae family and are native to tropical and subtropical regions. They have attractive foliage, and many varieties produce clusters of showy flowers in various colors, including shades of red, pink, white, orange, and yellow.

Care guide


Begonias thrive in bright, indirect light. They prefer filtered sunlight or partial shade. Avoid exposing them to intense, direct sunlight, as it can scorch their leaves. Place them near a window with filtered light or in a shaded area of your garden.


Begonias prefer moderate temperatures between 65°F and 75°F (18°C and 24°C). They are sensitive to extreme heat and cold. Protect them from temperatures below 50°F (10°C) and keep them away from drafts.


Water your Begonias when the top inch (2.5 cm) of soil feels dry. They prefer evenly moist soil but not waterlogged conditions. Water thoroughly and allow excess water to drain from the bottom of the pot or container. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot.


Begonias appreciate higher humidity levels. You can increase humidity by using a room humidifier, placing the plant on a tray filled with pebbles and water (make sure the pot is above the water level), or grouping them with other plants. Misting the leaves occasionally can also help maintain humidity around the plant.


Use a well-draining, lightweight soil mix for Begonias. A mixture of peat moss, perlite, and potting soil or a commercial African violet mix works well. Good drainage is important to prevent waterlogged roots.


Begonias benefit from regular fertilization during the growing season (spring and summer). Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer formulated for flowering plants. Follow the package instructions for dilution ratios and frequency. Reduce or stop fertilization during the winter months when growth slows down.


Repot your Begonias every 1-2 years or when they outgrow their current pot. Choose a pot with drainage holes and use fresh potting soil. Ensure the pot is slightly larger than the previous one to allow room for growth.


Regular pruning helps maintain the shape and health of Begonias. Remove any dead, yellowed, or damaged leaves and flowers by cutting them off at the base. Pinching back the growing tips can encourage bushier growth and more flowering.

Pest control:

Begonias can be susceptible to common houseplant pests like aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites. Inspect your plants regularly and treat any infestations promptly using insecticidal soap or neem oil, following the product instructions.

Remember to provide good air circulation around your Begonias, especially if you're growing them indoors. With proper care, your Begonias can reward you with beautiful foliage and vibrant flowers throughout the growing season.