Welcome to our guide to the Begonia Boliviensis, covering care and propagation, including water, soil, humidity and temperature needs.
Begonia Boliviensis Care Summary
|Light needs:||Bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check soil each week and water if the top half or more is dry.|
|Fertilizer:||A well diluted balanced feed every 3 weeks in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A mix of 10% sand, 20% perlite and 70% potting compost.|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Other names:||Bolivian begonia, bonfire begonia.|
|Common issues:||Pests an fungus on the leaves.|
Th Begonia Boliviensis has been grown as a houseplant since the mid 1800s and is known for it’s hanging red flowers.
Give them bright, indirect sunlight. They can tolerate some early morning direct too.
How Often To Water Begonia Boliviensis
The like to be moist but not soaking wet, so check the soil each week and if the top half or more is dry then water them. Check twice a week in the hotter summer months.
Use a well diluted balanced feed every 3 weeks in the spring and summer to encourage flowering.
Begonias do not like to get soaking wet for too long, so use a well draining potting mix with some added sand (10%) and perlite (20%) to 70% potting compost..
When to Repot Begonia Boliviensis
Check the roots once a year and move it up a size if they are becoming crowded, you won’t need to do it every year.
60% or more humidity is ideal, they will thrive if you can give them 80% or so.
Aim for 18°C-24°C (65-75°F) during the day and a minimum of 10°C (50°F) at night.
How to Propagate Begonia Boliviensis
These can be propagated through stem cuttings, take a stem and trim the leaves from the lower part, then pot it up into soil so that all the leaves are above the surface and none below. Keep it warm, moist, humid and well lit and it should root over the next two months or so.
How To Overwinter Begonia Boliviensis
If they are kept outside, they should be treated like a caladium in winter – when they die back and go dormant, cut them back and move the pot to a dry place lie a garden shed to store them until easter time when they can be brought out watered.
Is Begonia Boliviensis A Perennial?
Yes if treated well they can come back each year.
Bolivian begonia, bonfire begonia.
Where To Buy
Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
FAQs and Common Problems
Keep an eye out for pests, especially if your plant is outside. They can also get fungal issues on the leaves, so keep an ye out for these when watering, and treat with a fungicide if you see fungal spots.
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