Begonia

      Begonias are flowering plants belonging to the Begoniaceae family and which often occur in tropic or sub-tropic climates where the soil is usually moist. Such places are known to be the perfect habitats of Begonias and they include: Africa, South and Central America and Southern Asia.

      The name of the Begonia flower was inspired by the name of the famous French regime official Michel Bégon and was chosen by Bégon’s naturalist friend Charles Pulmier in the memory of his friend.

      This plant is a terrestrial herb and it’s fit to grow into the wild. Begonias are known to have upright stems and are monoecious. The asymmetrical leaves of the Begonia flower make it quite appealing to the florists who have started to cultivate it even indoors, by creating special hybrids and special species combinations. Resembling a small rose, the flower of Begonia are different in color, the plant producing white, pink, orange, red and even yellow petals. The blossom of this beautiful flower makes the time and care invested in the nurturing of this plant worthwhile.

      The propagation of the majority of Begonias is made through division or cutting of the stems. Those species belonging to the rhizomatous or the rex groups can be propagated by sectioning the leaves.

      The variety of species of the Begonia plant can count up to 1000 exemplars, all of them united in appearance by the thick asymmetrically positioned leaves, the amazing colors of the flowers or the shape of the leaves.

      Any flower lover would be interested to find out how should one take care of such delicate flower when planted in the garden or indoors. The process of nurturing depends on the season, as Begonias need a space that provide light, but not sun exposure because this can harm the plants. The level of humidity should be high and also, the plant requires watering twice or three times per week. A well known fact is that water in excess can damage the growth of any flower, not just Begonia’s, so the process of watering should be made responsibly.

      The period of maxim vegetation is between the months of March till October and in the winter the plant becomes inactive, time in which some of its leaves may die out. Begonia requires cutting off the leaves in the spring and changing the soil once at every two years.

      Quite popular not only amongst the florists, Begonias are flowers which can really bring joy to a house and nurturing for them doesn’t seem as complicated as for other flowers.

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