Deadheading Begonias - Knowledgebase Question

Rosemead, CA
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Question by jack871
May 3, 2001
I have read you are supposed to deadhead your begonias regularly what does this term refer to? Any other tips for begonias? I just planted my 3 Santa Picotes today that I received from Burpee Thank you any help would be appreciated.

Answer from NGA
May 3, 2001
Deadheading refers to removing spent flowers to encourage additional stems and flowers. When flower petals begin to fade, pinch the flower off, along with a bit of the stem. Wherever you pinch, two new stems will grow. Deadheading regularly will keep your begonias bushy and full of blooms. In general, begonias thrive in moist, well-draining soil, under filtered sunlight or bright indirect light. Be sure to provide each plant with plenty of elbow room so there's good air circulation all around and you'll avoid the fungal disease called powdery mildew. Water when the top of the soil dries out and try to keep water off the leaves. Following the above recommendations will help your new plants perform their best. Enjoy!

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