Pink begonia flowers

Try ‘Funky Pink’ begonias for masses of large, unusually-shaped, double flowers
Image: Begonia ‘Funky Pink’ from Thompson & Morgan

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 begonia plants.

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

Closeup of beefsteak begonia on table

Jane shares a snap of her wonderful beefsteak begonia
Image: Jane Perrone

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

Begonia x tuberhybrida ‘Camelia’ from Thompson & Morgan

Tuberous begonias like ‘Camelia’ are grown from dormant tubers
Image: Begonia x tuberhybrida ‘Camelia’ from Thompson & Morgan

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

Begonia 'Groovy Mellow Yellow' from Thompson & Morgan

With the right care, Begonia boliviensis can reach great heights
Image: Begonia ‘Groovy Mellow Yellow’ from Thompson & Morgan

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.

Jack Wallington

Closeup of cutting begonia leaves

Blogger Jack Wallington offers simple, step-by-step instructions for propagating begonias
Image: Jack Wallington

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 – PlantingMemories

Begonia x tuberhybrida 'Double Flowered Mixed' from T&M

Choose only the best & healthiest leaves for propagation
Image: Begonia x tuberhybrida ‘Double Flowered Mixed’ from Thompson & Morgan

For another simple way to grow begonias from leaf cuttings, head to YouTube channel, PlantingMemories, 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

Begonia luxurians outside in garden

A begonia luxurians thriving outside during the summer
Image: 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.

Alison Levey – The Blackberry Garden

Begonia koelzii outside with green leaves

This Begonia koelzii was lucky to survive after accidentally ending up in a hot greenhouse
Image: 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

Closeup of Begonia ‘Fragrant Falls Improved Lemon Delight’ jumbo plug plants from Thompson & Morgan

Begonias are often sold as plug plants, or jumbo plug plants like these
Image: Begonia ‘Fragrant Falls Improved Lemon Delight’ jumbo plug plants from Thompson & Morgan

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

White begonia flowers against black background

Try planting single coloured begonias like this white specimen, en masse
Image: 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

Swathes of planted pink, yellow and orange Begonia 'Peardrop'

Block-planted Begonia ‘Peardrop’ creates a carpet of colour
Image: 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

Closeup of non-stop yellow begonias

Try ‘non-stop’ begonias whose long flowering season runs from late spring
Image: Ratda/Shutterstock

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

Closeup of Begonia 'BeLeaf Lima Love' leaf

Houseplant, Begonia ‘BeLeaf Lima Love’ offers a wonderful display of striking foliage
Image: 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.

If you’ve been inspired to grow your own begonias – or you’re looking to expand your current collection – take a peek at our range of begonia plants and visit our begonias hub page for more advice on growing and caring for these plants. Our summer flowers hub page is also a great source of ideas and top tips for keeping your summer garden looking beautiful.

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