Indoor Begonia Care Guide 🌿// Garden Answer

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hey guys how's it going so today I want

to talk to you about how to take care of

begonias indoors as a house plant it's

getting colder outside I'm getting ready

to move a bunch of mine in because they

can't handle a frost so I just thought

it would be a really good time to talk

about it now there are so many different

types of begonias out there so this is

kind of a general guide it's not like

really really specific but I think it

addresses most of the type of bug Onias

that you can most commonly find at your

garden centers and the most common ones

that most of us are growing however

there are a couple types of begonias I'm

not including in this guide because they

don't winter over very well inside and

those are your wax begonias they're very

common you see people using them planted

in masse in their gardens they're used

as bedding plants and tuberous begonias

which most often have like the huge

showy blooms those are grown from tubers

and they actually go dormant in the

winter time so you can dig up the tubers

and store much like you would store

Khanna's or dahlias and then plant them

up the next spring but if you try to

winter them over as a house plant all

the foliage will die back and that's

because they're going dormant so they

don't make for a very great house plant

these are the types I'm going to be

talking mostly about and you can find

them pretty easily at your garden

centers so we've got a couple of

different rex begonias here now these

are grown for their beautiful foliage

there's so many different beautiful

varieties of these we've got an Iron

Cross and a Jurassic pink shades here

and then on this side I've got one more

rex begonia I don't know the variety

exact variety of this one but then we've

got this gorgeous Pegasus begonia so

this is more of a cane type begonia and

so it grows a little bit bigger I think

of like a foot and a half to two feet

tall and wide beautiful huge foliage and

they're very easy to grow outside in the

summer and make a great house plant so

like we do for most of our care guides

I've broken this up into ten different

sections we'll go ahead and put the

title of each section as well as the

time signature up on the screen so that

if you want to skip forward to anything

specific and learn about it quickly you

can do that the first topic is light

exposure and each variety will require

something a little bit different but as

a general rule begonias like bright

indirect light they'll be very happy in

a situation like that in the wintertime

you can put them in a little bit more

light because the sunshine is less

intense but you want to be mindful as

the temperatures warm up or if you're

keeping your begonias as houseplants for

more than just

the winter you want to move them out of

any direct sunshine and put them in that

bright and direct light because direct

Sun can scorch their leaves especially

if it's up next to glass now if you have

a really low light situation like a low

light bathroom you want to pick a

variety of Rex begonia because they can

handle the lowest light of all the

begonias number two is temperature and

this one's really easy they like a

temperature between 65 and 75 which is

generally where we are setting our

thermostats anyway so basically if

you're comfortable in your home they

will be comfortable in your home number

three is soil type I just use a regular

potting mix for my begonias and they do

really well I do think it depends a

little bit on the climate that you live

in I live in a really dry high desert

climate so regular potting mix is great

for this type of plant if you live

somewhere that it's more moist or humid

you could use regular potting mix and

just add in a little bit of perlite to

lighten it up a little bit you just want

to make sure that whatever soil you use

is not holding onto too much moisture

like you don't want to use garden soil

really for any house plant because it's

too heavy

you also don't want to use anything

that's going to drain water too fast

like a cactus or succulent mix and that

brings me to number four which is about

how to repot your begonia and it's

really easy you basically follow the

same rules you would follow with any

other house plant you only bump up one

pot size from whatever pot your plant is

currently in so I brought an example

home here I just picked up this Pegasus

begonia it's an 8 inch plastic pot so I

chose a 10 inch terra cotta pot so what

I'm going to do is just put a little bit

of potting mix at the bottom and then

I'm gonna introduce the root ball of my

begonia and I'll just take a look at the

roots too if they need to be fluffed up

a little bit if it's pot bound I'll do

that and then I'll just pack more

potting mix around the root ball making

sure that there's no air pockets it's

all tucked in really tightly and I do

make sure to leave a pretty decent-sized

lip so that when I'm watering the plant

no water goes over the edge I also have

some rex begonias that I grew in a

window box over the summer that I dug

out I just was careful when I was

digging to make sure to get as much of

the root ball as I could I'm going to go

ahead and plant all three of these folk

Onias in the same container and I'm

going to go about it the same way I just

planted up the Pegasus begonia and they

should winter over beautifully number

five is watering and this is an area I

think we all need to be extra careful

with begonias because they can rot real

easily from too much water I tend to

like to let the top 3/4 of an inch to

about an inch of soil dry between

waterings it keeps the plant really

happy I've seen a lot of begonia care

guides tell you to keep the soil lightly

damp evenly moist I tend to disagree

with that because I think it's easy when

we're trying to keep things evenly moist

to give a little bit too much water to

do that and begonias don't react to that

very well I also like to let the soil

dry out because it eliminates the

problem of fungus gnats when you have a

lot of moisture that's where fungus

gnats thrive and they'll breed in those

type of conditions if you let the soil

dry out it disrupts the life cycle and

you won't deal with that problem number

six is fertilizing and for begonias less

is more so I like to keep mine on just a

monthly fertilizing schedule this is not

a type of plant that I do every week or

every two weeks like I do some of my

other houseplants I use indoor house

plant food mix into my water about once

a month and the begonias react really

well to that number seven is on pruning

and deadheading so it's a really good

idea to remove any spent blooms or any

dried-up leaves because that's what

insects and diseases can Harbor over in

it's just a good practice to keep your

house clance free of that kind of thing

for pruning it's really easy most of the

time I don't have like really leggy

growth if you do you can go in and just

pinch off the leaves that are you know

too long or if you've got one that's

kind of damaged like I've got one right

in here I can follow that leaf down to

the base and then just pop it off with

my fingers or a pair of scissors number

eight is about fungus and insect

management so I did mention before that

keeping your plant free of any dead

leaves or dead blooms will help decrease

the amount of fungus and insects you

deal with dramatically so it's good idea

to keep up on that typically I don't do

with a whole lot of diseases like fungal

diseases on my begonias because we live

in such a dry climate and they tend to

not deal with it when they're outside

because the airflow is so nice they're

getting breeze and wind and things like

that so it keeps the fungus at bay but

when you bring them inside all of a

sudden they're in still air you know

they're not getting the airflow that

they once had so if you start noticing

like a white powder forming like powdery

mildew or gray mold you'll start

noticing like lesions and the leaves or

on the blooms you want to get on top of

that I would recommend you

a copper fungicide for indoor plants

about every 10 days for 2 or 3

applications and that usually controls

the problem and for insects typically I

just use an insecticidal soap and that

takes care of most everything that I'm

dealing with the only thing that can be

a little bit tricky or mealybugs

once your plants get those inside it's

kind of hard to get on top of it I tend

to like to use an insecticidal soap

coupled with hand removing the mealy

bugs by dipping a q-tip in alcohol

rubbing alcohol and then just hand

swiping them off I also will repot my

begonia if it's been in its pot for a

while I'll rinse a lot of that soil off

and put brand-new fresh soil in and that

will help eliminate part of the life

cycle of the mealy bugs number 9 is on

humidity and begonias do prefer to have

a more humid air around them and you can

quickly tell that they're not getting

enough by the way their leaves look so

you can see on this leaf right here it's

got browning edges and that's a very

good indicator that the plant is not

getting enough moisture and it's a huge

problem in my area because like I said

before it's very dry here so there's a

few things you can do to help combat the

problem first thing you could do is put

a humidifier next to your plants most of

us don't want humidifiers placed all

around our house just for the well-being

of our plants because it's not the best

look I'm you can mist your plants put

some water in a spray bottle and go

around and mist your plants but you have

to do it quite often in an area like

mine and so I just don't tend to keep up

on something like that so the way that I

do it and I did this down at the garden

center when I was taking care of all the

houseplants was I'd fill a large tray up

with pebbles and then put a little water

in in the tray and then set my plants on

top of the pebbles making sure that the

water didn't reach the bottom of the pot

because I didn't want the soil sucking

up any additional moisture but it was

just enough water in there so that as it

evaporated it would kind of create a

little bit more of a humid environment

around the plant and I found that it

worked really well I think that's kind

of a debatable thing some people have

really good luck with it some people

don't but I do recommend that way and

the last topic number 10 is on toxicity

so begonias are commonly listed as fine

indoor plants even if you have pets and

kids because even though they do have

some toxins in them they are all located

in the underground portions of the plant

so they're located

the roots so even if someone was to get

ahold of the roots which is very

unlikely they would have to eat an

enormous amount of them to necessitate

any kind of treatment so that is it for

this video you guys I hope it was really

helpful to you now I am NOT a

professional begonia grower by any

stretch of the imagination but I have

grown them in my own home and taking

care of them down at the garden center

for many many years and those are just a

few of the things that I've learned

along the way so I hope they helped you

out thank you so much for watching this

video and we will see you in the next