Growing the wax begonia indoors is so familiar. They are commonly used as landscape bedding flowers or a container houseplant.
These flowers might be considered old-fashioned but it’s hardy blooming are as forgiving as they are versatile. It’s actually hard to beat these sweet little flowers when you’re looking for space-filling in your garden or house.
Their attention-grabbing single or bi-colored flower make a unique combination.
In this article, I’ll explain everything about how to propagate and care for this indoor flowering plant.
So, let’s dive into it.
Quick Growing Guide
Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum
6-18 inche tall, 6-12 inches wide
Compost soil and well-drained
5.5 to 6.0
Red, White, Yellow or Pink
2 to 11
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How do wax begonia looks like
This is a bright beautiful indoor houseplant.
Its scientific name is “Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum” and has more than 1000 species.
They have been popular since the Victorian era.
Begonias need less care and are present in many shapes, colors, and sizes.
They grow easily and can become the center of any garden. Begonias like both sun and shade.
Most of its variety grows 6-18 inches big and spreads 6-12 inches.
So, planting begonias in landscape beds or board containers is good.
Begonias grow well in seasons like summer, spring, and fall.
They have a border, edging, and their natural summer-long flowing seasons.
Place wax begonia indoors on a sunny windowsill they can bloom forever.
They bloom in groups of red, white, yellow, or pink flowers, and some varieties are pleasantly fragrant.
If you live in a cooler region of the country, plant begonias in the full sun
The varieties with bronze foliage tend to do better in full sun than those with green leaves.
In the south, they need to give some afternoon shade. wax begonias are a very attractive indoor houseplant. Especially if you’re living in a region where plants don’t grow easily.
They cannot tolerate frost but it adapts well when brought inside the house for overwintering.
But, if begonias are planted in a container with proper sun and shade it can live at least 4-5 years long.
This plant species have a fibrous root system, pests resistant to brief droughts, and are rarely troubled by pests or disease.
They tend to thrive compactly and bloom profusely with increased sunlight – as long as the sunlight isn’t extremely hot.
When you plant begonias outside in the full sun. Plant them besides a variety with bronze-colored leaves that get better indirect light. This is because a plant with large green leaves favors a shadier spot.
Even sun-tolerant plants can burn in intense sunlight and might need mid-day protection.
As I earlier mentioned, begonias can bloom all winter inside the house with average light. Indoor on a windowsill is a good spot. There the plant gets protection from the hottest rays.
Remember: If you notice there aren’t enough flowers, then place the pot where it gets more sunlight.
Varieties you can easily grow
Today’s hybrids are not like old-fashioned wax begonias. The exciting part about this flowering plant is you can explore many series of cultivars.
Some popular cultivars are:
Its cultivars are not limited to their flower color and size. You can choose different shapes of foliage, both with solid and variegated leaves.
Remember: In the sun, bronze-colored foliage grows well. Whereas in the shade green foliage is a better choice.