Growing Begonia flowers in Florida is easy. Begonias grow beautifully in flower beds as well as in hanging baskets. Some people like to use them as indoor houseplants.
Most begonias are shade-loving plants that grow to be about six to nine inches tall. They come in a variety of colors including yellow, white, red and pink. All of the begonia flowers have a yellow center or eye. I like growing the Dragon Wing Begonia (Begonia x hybrida) for my Florida gardens. They have pretty pink and red flowers, and grow to be a little taller--about 12 to 18 inches.
The most common begonia flowers are the Sumperflorens type such as Wax Begonias, Fibrous Begonias and Everblooming Begonias. Other types of Begonia include the uncommon perennials and tuberous.
Meaning of the Begonia Flower
The begonia flower means "beware" or be cautious as well as "a fanciful mind." When planting a feng shui garden, include the begonia flowers. Begonia is considered a Feng Shui plant that represents "perfect yin/yang balance."
Having house plants can encourage good luck and add good "living chi" to the environment.
- Create a flower bed for begonias that will receive plenty of morning sun. Plant your begonias in the shade.
- Cover your begonia with a layer of cypress mulch since begonias like acidic soil. The cypress mulch will also provide proper drainage.
- Keep the flower bed moist during the hot summer months. Do not overwater.
- Fertilize your begonia flowers each month using a liquid fertilizer for flowers.
- During the winter months, protect your begonia flowers by covering them with frost blankets. Many cold damaged begonias will recover, but they take time to resurrect!
Other tips for growing begonias include removing the dead flowers, leaves or stems to create a more lush foliage.
Whether you want to grow begonia indoors as a houseplant or as part of your gardens, it is a lovely plant that brings a sense of harmony to your home or landscape.