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5. Dazzling begonias
Few sight can be compared with spectacular, dense, massive, elegant and dazzling begonia inflorescences in bouquets. The same impression as in the vase is made by special indoor begonias - representatives of the Elatior group (Begonia Elatior, Elatior hybrids). In a pot culture, they are able to bloom almost all year round with a short break.
A true classic among indoor plants, it does not lose its status as a valuable cut crop. Begonia is available on sale all year round, allowing you to find your own "live bouquet" regardless of the season.
A huge number of varieties with white, yellow, orange, pink, red, purple color, combined in a variety of two-color and watercolor combinations, allows you to find begonias to your taste.
Dark, rounded, fleshy leaves accentuate the beauty of the large and dense buds. Dark greens and bright semi-double, simple or double flowers, bushes from 20 cm high in compact varieties to half a meter in tall begonias - these are the main characteristics of high begonias.
Flowering time: from January to December, depending on the conditions and timing of forcing.
Reproduction methods: apical and leaf cuttings.
Features of growing high begonias
Growing begonia is not difficult at all. She feels great in any diffused lighting, adapts to partial shade, which allows you to use the bushes in serving, in the recreation area, to enter into the interior, and not only to display them on the windowsills. Plants do not like drafts and cold, they need stable conditions, but they adapt well to living rooms.
In order for the plants to bloom constantly, Elatior will have to take care of indoor begonias carefully. Any waterlogging, inaccurate watering, or skipping watering will affect flowering. Begonias love stable soil moisture. For them, you need to pick up light soil and constantly monitor the rate of its drying. The water should be warm and soft. Even feeding is carried out carefully, with reduced doses of fertilizers for flowering plants, because this culture is sensitive to an excess of salts in the soil. After flowering, the begonia is pruned, transferred to a dormant period and transplanted.
Tall begonias are not the most resistant to pests and diseases of plants. They can suffer from gray mold, powdery mildew and aphids, which adore the succulent leaves of amazing, lush soloists.
For a list of the best flowers for growing live bouquets on the windowsill, see the next page
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