5 Benefits of Begonias

begonia basket in a greenhouse

Begonias are growing in popularity across many growing zones in the United States, so it’s likely you saw these gorgeous plants before — they’re a favorite flower planted in some popular locations across the United States, including the Washington D.C.’s national mall!

About begonias

Begonias are blooming, easy-care plants that grow best in growing zones 9-11 when grown outside. Grown inside, begonias also make great houseplants.

Begonias can grow to be as big as 3 feet tall, depending on the variety. For example, Dragon Wing Begonias will grow 2-3 feet, with leaves as long as 5 inches.

So what’s the appeal to begonias? Since begonias are a favorite at Homestead Gardens, we put together a list of a few things plant growers tend to love about begonias.

1. Begonias are easy care plants

First begonias are a great easy-care plant. There’s a reason they can be grown inside as a houseplant, under your shade tree, or in full sunlight outside — relatively speaking, begonias are not picky plants.

Watering needs

One of the reasons begonias are a great, easy care plant is that they are very forgiving when neglected with watering. Of course, this depends a lot on whether the plants are in full sunlight all day or in the shade. Just like any other plant, they’ll need plenty of water, but they can hold up better without when planted in a shady spot.

To determine if your begonias need watering, simply check if the soil they are planted in is dry (they could use some water) or moist (they’re likely fine without water).

If your begonias are planted in hanging baskets, you can also lift the basket from underneath to feel the weight of the basket. A plant that needs watered will feel noticeably lightweight.

Sun & shade requirements

Another reason begonias are easy care is due to the fact that they can handle both the heat of the day or be content with a shady location on your property. Again, the shade and light requirements will differ depending on the variety of begonias, but typically they are fine with either full sun exposure or mostly shade when planted in landscape.

If you are growing the begonias in your house you’ll still want to make sure the plants are next to a window or in an area where they can get some natural light exposure.

2. Begonias have beautiful flowers & foliage

Begonias are beautiful, unique-looking plants that look great as a stand alone or as a contrast with other plants!

Begonias’ flowers

While a begonias’ flower will look different depending on the variety, typically flowers are made up of mini pedals fanning out from the center of the flower. Some kinds of begonias have large clusters of these pedals, and other types grow small petals.

Begonias’ foliage

Many people enjoy the exotic look of the begonias’ foliage. Its’ leaves can look like anything from an angel wing to small circles with variegated edges.

3. Begonias are a great value plant

Begonias are great for value-focused plant buyers. Their large, bushy size combined with their easy care creates for a plant that can be a focal point in your garden with less effort than other plants.

Begonia plant sizes

Not only are they easy care (less risk of killing them off), but one plant will make a great display in your garden.

This is why begonias are often considered “fillers” when planted in pots or hanging baskets — they tend to fill up space. 

Prices will vary by greenhouse, but at Homestead Gardens we offer begonias for as low as 94 cents for a 4 pack of begonia plant plugs. That’s 4 plants, ready to take off in your garden, for less than a dollar.

Begonias’ growing season

When given enough space and cared for properly, begonias also will bloom and grow for an entire growing season. This ensures they will provide beauty for your home for an entire season (or into the winter, if growing houseplants).

4. Begonias are growing in popularity & variety

Begonia plants are becoming more and more popular and the variety of begonia plants available is astounding. This means when you are shopping for your plants you’ll have plenty of picking choices.

Some types of begonias are more popular for certain uses. For example, tuberous and rhizomatous begonia plants can grow great as houseplants, but other kinds grow better outside with more natural light.

Popular begonia varieties

Homestead Gardens offers a few popular begonia plants that perform well in Lancaster County, including:

  • Dragon Wing (Angel Wing) Begonias
  • BIG Begonias

5. Begonias are great for all types of growing

Begonias are great for growing in many types of containers and landscapes!

Growing begonias in landscape

Most begonias grown outside will perform best with a mix of sun and shade. Partial sun exposure can mean morning or evening sun, or even sunlight that filters through a tree.

If planted in an area with very little sun, the plant may not flower as much for you.

Begonias can look great when planted by themselves or with other plants. They tend to grow into a mound/bush, and can especially be stunning with a mix of colors.

Growing begonias in hanging baskets

Hanging baskets are a great option for planting your begonias. A smaller hanging basket (10” or 11” basket circumference) can be filled out with just a few Dragon Wing begonias.

Or you can combine the begonias with vines in larger hanging baskets to create a gorgeous display.

Growing begonias in pots & containers

Finally begonias will grow great in pots or other types of containers. Locations like porches, doorside, or patios can be perfect for pots with begonias in them.

Try begonias for yourself

Experience the benefits of begonias for yourself — try growing some begonia plants today.

Overall, begonias are beautiful flowering plants that hold great value for their easy care, popular varieties, beautiful flowers and attractive size.
For more information on growing, feel free to visit Homestead Gardens’ blog.

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