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All About Begonias

By threegardeners
May 2, 2010

Begonias come in many shapes, sizes, types, and leaf colors. They make good houseplants, but they require a bit more care than the average houseplant. I rate them as an 8 out of 10 on the scale of difficulty indoors in the winter but they're 2 out of 10 outdoors in the summer.

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Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
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May 1, 2010 8:15 PM CST
Goodness! Over 150 houseplants! I have three. Well, five if you count the aloe I got from my mother-in-law which was so huge I transplanted it into three containers. Well, five containers, if you count the ones I gave away. lol!

I would love to see the inside of a house with that many houseplants. Hey, I don't live that far away. Maybe I'll sneak across the border someday.
Name: Lin
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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May 1, 2010 8:34 PM CST
Lee Anne,

Begonia's are such wonderful plants, aren't they? I've had many different types over the years, some have done extremely well while others haven't survived a week under my care. Most of my plants stay outside year round down here and I lost quite a few plants (begonia's included) this past winter with Florida's extended period of record breaking cold! I've never had much luck with the Rex Begonia's until 'Fireworks' and that one seems to be hanging in there so I guess it's happy. Even with our high humidity I haven't had a problem with mealies on the begonia's Hurray! (knocking on wood here!) I keep them in an area on the deck where they get really bright light (no direct sun) and good air circulation.

Thanks for the great article! I think everyone should try a begonia or two ... or three! Smiling
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Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo) (Zone 10b)
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May 1, 2010 11:05 PM CST
LeeAnn...I finally got a name on one of my favorite Begonias.... B. felicifolia. Anyone want cuttings?

PS Wish I had a photo but I don't. Should I post one? Smiling
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