A CONSTANT FLOWERING BEGONIA
Begonia is constantly blooming (Begonia semperflorens) is a typical flowerbed plant. It has upright stems, branched, fleshy, growing to height 15-25 cm, sometimes tinted red. The leaves are ovate or oval, serrated, shiny flowers, White, pink or red, very characteristic - consisting of 2 petals large and 2 small petals, inmates facing each other, around the yellow center.
Begonia needs a sunny position, however, it does not have very high soil requirements. A moderately fertile soil is sufficient for it, rather light and moist.
It is quite difficult to produce seedlings. The seeds are sown in February or March in plastic bowls or containers or wooden boxes filled with leaf soil with an admixture of peat and sand. The seeds are very small, so we sow them in a projection on the surface, Then cover the containers with glass and place them in a warm inspection or a warm greenhouse (the room temperature must not be lower than 20 ° C). After the plants have emerged, remove the glass. We quilt seedlings at intervals of 2 cm, and when they get older and one plant starts touching the other, need to quilt again, leaving them making 4 cm. The first quilting should be done with a pitchfork and a thin pin, which very gently grab the seedlings under the leaves, and after lifting it, it moves in clumps to new containers. At this time, the seedlings are very small and are difficult to pick up with your fingers. Quilted seedlings must be sprinkled and shaded. While the plants are growing, they should be watered very carefully, that's just that, so that they do not wilt, because the excess of water promotes the occurrence of fungi and, as a result, the loss of seedlings. Once the seedlings have grown, we transplant them to the frames at an interval of every 8 cm. Begonia seedlings are planted in the ground or on balconies from mid-May to the first days of June at a distance of 15X15 cm.. Be careful when planting, that the leaves of the plants face the same direction, we will then obtain a better decorative effect. Begonia blooms until late autumn. With the onset of the first autumn frosts it freezes very quickly.
There are three breeds of continuously flowering begonias:
Semperflorens – this breed includes varieties with strong growth »large, shiny leaves: Sea of fire – about scarlet flowers, sprouting up to 20 cm; Rosabella – show. 15 cm, pearl flowers, pale pink;
Gracilis – it includes varieties with a very delicate structure, blooming profusely: Carmen nana – show. 15 cm, pale pink flowers, dark brown leaves; Compact light – show. 15 cm, scarlet-red flowers, red-brown leaves; Snow white-wys. 20 cm, white flowers, green leaves;
Full flowers – Gustaw Lind – show. 25 cm, green leaves, pink flowers, it is propagated by cuttings, because it doesn't produce seeds. Oleńka variety – show. 20 cm, ball-shaped flowers gathered in inflorescences.