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Suspended begonia - 5 tips for care

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The hanging begonia is one of the most popular balcony plants because it is permanently flowering for a long time. Read here how you should best take care of your hanging begonia.

Suspended begonia do not need much maintenance

Suspended begonia - 5 tips for care

Tip 1 - Find a good place
The hanging begonia has recently conquered more and more balcony and terrace ceilings as a traffic light plant. The easy-care plant that blooms in countless colors (2000 different species) tolerates the sun well, which is why it can find its place even on south-facing balconies and south-west-facing balconies.

Tip 2 - pour hanging begonia
The fleshy leaves of the hanging begonia are able to store enough water to supply the plant. That is why a hanging begonia is only watered moderately. Except on very hot days, when hanging begonia also need more water. However, care should be taken that the water is supplied without directly wetting the flowers and leaves - otherwise there is a risk of mold. You should also strictly avoid waterlogging in the planter.

Tip 3 - planting
When the first rays of sunshine heat up the window sills in March, the tubers of the hanging begonia should be placed in small plant pots (use nutrient-rich growing soil). Although they then remain on the window sills for a while because they could be severely damaged by the frost outdoors. This means that the first shoots can emerge from the bulb at the living window until the hanging begonia after the ice saints (from around mid-May) easily take their place on the balcony again. But begonias are also purely offered for retail in the living area.

Tip 4 - fertilize
You shouldn't keep the plants too wet while they are sprouting, because hanging begonia only love moderately moist to dry. In addition, you should always make sure there is enough sun and fertilize the plants again, especially in spring.

Tip 5 - hibernate
In late autumn, just before the first frost, you should cut back the mostly flowering hanging begonia. You can then dig out the tubers from the plant trays, clean them slightly from the soil and let them hibernate in a paper bag (darkness). The tubers must always be stored dry - e.g. in a basement or garage.

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