Tips For Growing Begonias in Containers

Begonias are versatile plants perfect for shady areas. They are hardy and make excellent container flowers. They come in varieties with beautiful flowers or striking foliage.

Begonia Basics

Begonias need small, preferably ceramic pots, only slightly larger than their root system. Ensure the container has drainage holes to prevent soggy conditions which can cause rot.

Container Choice

Begonias prefer light, well-drained soil. Water them regularly but not excessively. They can handle a bit of drought, but overwatering can lead to rotting.

Soil and Watering

Begonias thrive in sheltered locations with indirect sunlight. They do not withstand harsh weather conditions well. Some varieties can tolerate more sun, while others prefer shade.

Location and Light

Plant begonias at the right depth in the container and use a balanced fertilizer every two weeks. Never fertilize dry plants as it can burn them.

Planting and Fertilizing

Remove yellow or crispy leaves and watch for pests like spider mites and diseases like powdery mildew. Prevention is key to keeping your begonias thriving.


When designing your container, consider the color of your begonia and its companions. A great container has a thriller, a filler, and a spiller.

Overwintering and Design

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