How to Grow Wax Begonias
- This article was last updated on 10/23/2017
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Wax begonias are gorgeous plants that you can grow in your garden or your home. The best thing about these gorgeous plants is that you can easily start them directly from seeds. It is a great method because it gives you a lot of freedom. It also allows you to start your plants in winter or early in the spring so that the new begonias are ready to be planted in the garden when it’s warm enough. Once you plant begonias in your garden, it is important to take a good care of them so they can thrive and give all those rich, beautiful flowers.
Simply germinate the seeds in a plastic container (as described in part I of this article) and watch seedlings grow until they are strong enough to be transplanted. You will know that they are ready when they develop at least one or two true leaves. This is the time to move them to new containers where they can grow strong enough to be transplanted to the ground in your garden.
Once your new begonias have at least a few true leaves, it is time to transplant them to the new containers. If you transplant them in the greenhouse, simply put the seedlings in flats of soil. In the house, plant them into individual small pots. Small plastic containers are ideal for those who wish to grow begonias in a window garden. These containers are great because they are inexpensive, light, easy to handle and look very attractive when placed on the windowsill.
If you wish to grow more plants, keep in mind that it’s possible to group 10 to 12 plants in a six or eight inch community bulb pan or pot.
There is no special potting soil you need for transplanting: a popular mix from the local garden center will do. Keep in mind that begonias like rich but loose soil. The one that is rich in organic matter works the best.
If you transplant your seedlings at least 2 inches apart, they can probably stay in that container until May or early June. This is when you should take them outdoors to plant them in the garden. However, in case they become crowded in their containers, make sure to move them to individual pots. Another possibility is to take a few from each flat and pot them to use them in your window garden or in the greenhouse. You can also give these begonias to your friends.
When your new begonias are about five or six weeks old, give them some light house plant fertilizer. This will promote growth and treat your new plants with much-needed nutrients.
Here are some useful tips on how to grow wax begonias in your garden or home: