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Blog: Begonia, Plant of the Week

Begonias are beautiful, funky, and much easier to grow than you probably thought.

I was never too interested in begonias before I came to Sherman Gardens. I was familiar with the regular garden varieties and never considered them to be the rare and exotic class of plants that the begonia family truly is. Begonias grow in a wide array of colors, textures, leaf shape and growth habit. Upon further inspection you'll find them to be full of surprising details and unique characteristics.

Some begonias are much harder to grow than others, but once you understand the plant's requirements a little better, caring for one becomes easy! I am not a fussy gardener and I realized that begonias aren't either. The more you ignore them the better. This is especially true for watering. You still need to monitor the plants soil moisture, but many make the mistake of water water water. Many begonias don't like moisture on the leaves or consistently wet soil. Here at Sherman Gardens we plant our begonias in a well drained soil and only water once the soil has drained completely. We fertilized with a slow release fertilizer a few times a year and use a liquid fertilizer once a month during their growing season. Find a spot in your garden with good air circulation and partial shade and your thumb will turn green before your very eyes.

We are spoiled here on the coast. This is prime begonia growing grounds. If you want to see for yourself, come by Sherman Gardens to view our collection of over 80 Begonias.

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Heidi Hall August 29, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Erin you are so knowledgeable and I love your blogs on plants at Sherman Gardens. Thanks for sharing your it with the community! Shermans Gardens is a beautiful restpit to go to when you need a quick break from a busy day, or have the time for lunch and to walk around their fantastic surroundings.

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