Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Growing a Wax Begonia Indoors during Wintertime

How wonderful it is to have a plant blooming indoors during winter! This one was in a small pot and lived outside from spring to summer. I re-potted it into a 6" diameter pot and it has grown and continued to bloom ever since I brought it inside. It has been quite content sitting in this south-facing kitchen window since early fall.  

The wax begonia is probably the easiest begonia to keep alive indoors. And they can bloom almost constantly. There are many plants that will bloom indoors during the winter and they really do help keep a place cheerier, which is always a good thing!  

If you'd like to use them as houseplants throughout the winter, your outdoor wax begonias or impatiens should adapt well. If you have larger plants that won't work inside, take cuttings from them, about 4-6" in length at the end of the summer or early fall before a frost. They root easily in water.

Care Instructions:
  • Some direct sun; at least a few hours per day
  • Water thoroughly as soon as the top of the soil is dry..
  • Plants in a 4" diameter pot (10 cm) should use about 1/2 cup of water when ready. In a 6" (15cm) pot, use about 1 pint (almost 1/2 liter) of water. 
  • Fertilize regularly for best growth and blooming.
  • A daily mist of water would be helpful. 

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