How To Care For A Begonia
How To Care For A Begonia:If you need tips for the proper care of your begonia plants in your personal garden and want to make your garden the envy of your neighbors, then make use of the valuable advice given in this video to improve your gardening.
Hello, I am Mike and welcome to Camden garden center. I am going to give you some help with some gardening advice. What you will need is a begonia, and this is a beautiful begonia called begonial rex, the king of begonias.
And it's grown for its astonishingly cumid foliage. You will also need some fertilizer and some gravel, or as I am using here, Hydroleca. We need a saucer as well and a source of water, okay.
First of all, I am going to remove some dead or tired leaves from the plant. And if I turn it around here, it's important to know that the begonias, they rot off very quickly if you don't handle them properly. When you remove a dead leaf, do not do that because that stalk which is left there, it will rot.
And when it rots right down into the heart of the plant, it's a danger; it will kill off the whole plant. So the way to remove the leaf is to remove it at the point of origin which is deep in here and it should just snap off. Okay, now I am not leaving any plant stem there to rot away.
So you need to go through the entire plant to find any damaged things like that. Next, I am going to feed the plants and here what I'm using is plant food tablets. And as you can see on the package here, this lasts for six months.
Now house plants don't need feeding in the winter months. If you apply this in April time then through out the growing season, the plants will be actively growing. And everytime you water the plants, the plants would be fed by these tablets.
If you look on the back of the packet, it tells you how many tablets to use depending on the diameter of the pox. And this pox is about 15 centimeters diameter and so I am just going to use one of these tablets. The fertilizer is coated with this brown resin and when you water the plant, the water passes through this resin coating, dissolves the fertilizer inside the pellets and then the fertilizer leeches out of the pellets and feeds the entire root of the plant in a controlled manner.
Very easy to apply, you simply make a hole in the compost about an inch deep, pop in the fertilizer tablet and then cover it with soil. And it's just as simple as that. I am now going to water the plants.
And it's very important with begonias that you use tepid water. And this is water that has been left to stand for several hours in this watering can to reach room temperature. When you water a plant , you make sure that you put sufficient water in for the water to wet the entire root hold of the plant.
Don't pour little bits of water on a regular basis because if you do that, you will be just wetting the outer root zone of the plant. And the rest of the root zone will be left dry. So when you do water, water thoroughly.
So that's one lesson, lots of water put in. Let that drain through and then apply some more. And I can hear the water now starting to drain through the draining system at the bottom of the container.
So that's telling me that the water has passed right through the container. As you can see here, surplus water is draining away. It's important to let that water drain away so that it stops dripping before you place it on the plant saucer.
Now begonias like humid conditions but they don't like having water on their leaves. Some of these damaged here is because the water has been allowed to lie on the edges of the leaves and it's rotted the leaves off. So the way you create humid conditions and yet avoid getting water on the plant is to stand the plant in a saucer that got either gravel, or this hydroleca.
Hydroleca is a form of clay that has been baked in ovens. So it's porous and it's capable of absorbing lots of water. Now this plant is going to stand on the hydroleca, but it's not going to have water reaching the drain in the bottom of the container.
So I am going to put some water in here. And that water would be absorbed by these granules and the plant can stand on top of that. And the water will evaporate from these g