Begonias are not just for the garden, balcony and terrace. They also feel at home in the apartment. But only if you care for them properly.Some varieties are particularly suitable as a houseplant. They not only look great outdoors, the begonia is also a fascinating houseplant. In a bright, not too warm location, it unfolds its full splendor and delights its viewers. The incredible biodiversity offers both flowering specimens and leaf begonias. A distinction is made between plants with many flowers and leaf begonias. Depending on the variety, the leaves of the leaf begonia are serrated, fringed or rolled and of different sizes. Many varieties also impress with beautiful leaf drawings in shades of green and red. The best thing about it: the maintenance effort is low and begonias are robust and durable.
Low maintenance, fantastic effect!
There are special varieties that are particularly suitable as houseplants. This includes, for example, the royal begonia. It belongs to the Begonia Rex hybrids and is available in many types. The striking leaves can be colored or solid. Another splendid specimen among the leaf begonia is the eyelash begonia. The light green leaves are drawn dark on the outside, so that the leaf look resembles an eye with a lash line.
The selection of flowering begonias, which thrive well in the apartment, is also very large. Here you have the choice between flower colors from white to dark red and small or large flowers - it is not for nothing that the begonia is one of the most popular houseplants. So that the eye-catcher really comes into its own, the location is crucial.
The begonia is right here
Begonias like brightness. In contrast, direct sunlight cannot tolerate leaf begonias or flowering plants. An ideal location is on a north or east window. In winter it makes sense to use a plant light that provides enough brightness.
The room should also not be too warm. Caution: there are radiators under most windows. Very warm, rising heating air does not tolerate begonias well. Room temperatures of around 20 degrees are optimal.
How to care for indoor begonias properly
Pot and earth:
The pot for the plant must not be too big. Match the pot size to the root ball. When planting the begonia, also use potting soil with a neutral or slightly acidic pH. But keep in mind that too much soil leads to waterlogging. You can take precautions if you lay a drain made of expanded clay on the bottom of the pot, or if the bottom of the pot has a hole and is in a saucer. Always empty the coaster after watering, because wetness from below damages the begonia.
Water the plants regularly with tap water that is low in lime or with distilled water that is at room temperature, because this protects the plants. The earth should never dry out completely. The leaves also occasionally enjoy a lukewarm spray shower. If there is no moisture, mildew will spread.
In order to maintain leaf growth and blooming, indoor begonias need a water-soluble fertilizer. But be careful: Do not fertilize freshly potted plants for about three months, because commercially available potting soil already contains fertilizer! Then fertilize once a month in the spring and summer months and only at large intervals in the winter.