Here you’ll find the best begonia-related articles, videos, and Instagram stories from across the web – in fact, everything you need to know to help you grow your own beautiful begonias.
With so many different begonias to choose from and myriad ways to grow them successfully, we’ve turned to the true experts for advice – professional gardeners, garden designers and gardening bloggers who grow begonias. Here’s what they have to say…
Jane Perrone – On The Edge
“Begonias are brilliant houseplants! From Rex to luxurians, they come in all kinds of leaf shapes, colours and habits,” says Steve Rosenbaum, founder of Texas-based nursery Steve’s Leaves. To find out how to care for these wonderful plants, join Jane Perrone in conversation with Steve on her superb gardening podcast, On The Ledge. Former gardening editor at the Guardian, Jane has plenty of knowledge to share.
Rachel Brown – DIY Garden
There are two kinds of begonias, says Rachel at DIY Garden. “Tuberous begonias are best suited to growing in containers and hanging baskets, and are bought as dormant tubers from January to the end of March, while fibrous-rooted begonias are used in summer bedding schemes and are available as seeds, garden-ready plugs and container grown plants.” For comprehensive growing instructions, this article is a great place to start.
Peter Seabrook – The Gardening Channel
If you’re new to growing begonias, do watch Peter Seabrook’s excellent video about them over on The Gardening Channel. For a succinct description of the varieties on offer as well as tips on growing from cuttings, it’s hard to beat. Surrounded by proof of his own expertise – an array of spectacular blooms – once you see Peter’s huge begonia boliviensis you’ll definitely want to have a go at growing your own.
“I love leafy begonias with their wonderful patterns, colours and shapes. In fact, I can’t have enough of them,” says RHS qualified garden designer, Jack Wallington. Join him as he selects the best young leaves from his begonias to grow into new plants ready for next year. Find out how to choose, prepare, and propagate your favourite begonias from Jack’s simple and well photographed instructions.
Jerry – Planting Memories
For another simple way to grow begonias from leaf cuttings, head to YouTube channel, Planting Memories, where presenter Jerry shares a wealth of gardening tips. Here he offers a really excellent demonstration, showing you exactly how to take the cutting and plant it, along with one he made earlier. Jerry says it only takes about three weeks for the magic to happen, so what are you waiting for?
Jim Stephens – Garden Ruminations
Jim Stephens of Garden Ruminations plants his non-hardy B. luxurians into the ground. He says this wonderfully architectural plant thrives during the summer but dies off at the first sign of frost. However, as he’s found with hardier varieties, “cuttings and small plants are easily overwintered to start the cycle again.” Do read Jim’s article for more excellent insights into growing begonias.
Ray Johnson – Gardening 101
The first begonias usually go on sale in early spring says Ray Johnson of Gardening 101. But they’re not ready to go outside just yet. In fact, gardeners normally use these early plants to create their hanging baskets, storing them inside until at least May, only then moving them outdoors. Ray is a font of knowledge about begonias with detailed instructions on growing tuberous and fibrous root types.
Alison Levey – The Blackberry Garden
Careful with those begonias, says Alison who writes the Blackberry Garden, the blog of a truly greenfingered lady. Not that you’d think that, given the near miss suffered by one of her favourite begonias. The take-home message – remember, begonias prefer shade, and won’t thank you for a spell in the greenhouse. Warning: once you start reading Alison’s blog, you won’t want to stop.
Michelle Chapman – Veg Plotting
Don’t worry about those who think real gardeners only grow from seed, says Michelle of Veg Plotting. When she was offered some trial starter plants, she was only too willing to give begonia ‘Glowing Embers’ a try. She says that plug plants are “a great alternative when my seeds have failed, or I’ve got behind with my seed sowing.” A blogger who brings rich experience from a highly varied career to bear on her writing, Veg Plotting is not only informative, it’s original and entertaining too.
Dan Cooper – The Frustrated Gardener
When it comes to begonias – and growing in general, The Frustrated Gardener says: “Just occasionally I exercise restraint and restrict myself to a mass of one single variety, but it has to be a cracker to justify such an honour.” Take a look at the blog post to discover which variety this time-poor gardener opted for – it’s worth it for the photography alone – think drifts of sumptuous white blooms.
Tejvan Pettinger – Gardeners Tips
“Begonias are very free flowering and may try to flower before enough energy has been built up,” says Tejvan at Gardeners Tips. “When the first small bud cluster is as large as a 10 pence piece, lift it upwards and backwards and snap it off.” It’s worth the effort as the photos of this grower’s carpet of Begonia ‘Peardrop’ show. This is a great article – a veritable masterclass on growing begonias.
John Moore – Pyracantha
Looking for begonias to grow in pots and containers? John Moore from Pyracantha recommends ‘non-stop-begonias’. He says these varieties “form compact plants with large green or bronze foliage and stunning double flowers from late spring/early summer onwards.” Perfect for borders too, John advises taking the trouble to overwinter these varieties because they’ll get bigger and more impressive with each passing year.
Beth Otway – Pumpkin Beth
Having fallen in love with begonia ‘BeLeaf Lima Love’Pumpkin Beth shares some excellent information on how to care for this stunning indoor plant. With its beautiful maroon-edged leaves, it manages best in even temperatures in a bright or shady spot – but doesn’t like harsh direct sun or cold drafts. If you’re wondering where to put yours, Beth says, “Beleaf Lima Love plants thrive in a humid environment, they flourish in a steamy bathroom.”
We hope you’ve enjoyed our selection of begonia content. If you’re inspired to have a go at growing your own – or even if you’d simply like to expand your current collection, take a peek at this year’s brand new varieties of begonia plants developed through Thompson and Morgan’s breeding programme.