Begonias come in many varieties and colours, making it easy for gardeners to match begonias with their decor or the other flowers in their garden. Begonias are suitable for growing in hanging baskets and pots, since they cascade and bloom downward. Begonias require less light than many plants, making it a useful plant if you want to add some colour to your porch, patio or dining area. Plant begonias for hanging in baskets between 8 to 12 inches around, depending on the number of begonias you are growing.
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Things you need
- Hanging basket
- Begonia plant
- Peat moss
- Potting soil
Purchase the basket and hangers to hold your begonia. Begonias grow well in 8-inch pots if you are planting a single begonia plant. If you prefer to grow multiple begonia plants in a single pot, go with a larger size such as a 10- to 12-inch pot. Your hangers should be sturdy enough to hold the begonias as they grow.
Fill the basket with 1 part each of peat moss, potting soil and perlite. You will be growing your begonia in peat moss to help it drain properly.
Add your begonia plant. If you are using a plant that has already started growing, carefully transfer the plant to the middle of the basket. If you have a tuber or a seed, place it in the middle of the basket. For multiple plants in a single basket, plant them so they are equidistant from each other, to balance out the basket once they begin to grow.
Water your begonia plant, getting the peat moss slightly damp. Do not over water your begonia plant, this can damage or kill it.
Find an appropriate spot to hang your begonia plant. You will need a place that gets sunlight in the early morning or later evening. Windows work well indoors and the edges of patios work outside. You will want to make sure you have enough space above for people to walk under them if needed and free of stuff underneath in case water spills out. Your area will also need to be protected from the wind so that your begonia plant can grow properly.
Drill a hole in a sturdy spot, like a support beam, and screw in the hook. Hang the hook. Generally, the hook should be an S-hook when hanging your basket from a structure. Free-standing metal shepherd's hooks may also be used and require no tools to install, just stick them in the ground in your desired location. Make sure any type of hook used is designed to hold up to 4.5 or 9.1kg so as your begonia grows it will not fall.
Hang your begonia plant onto the hook. Check that the hanging wires can handle up to 9.07kg as well. If the basket you purchased has a water catcher underneath, make sure that it is secure to your basket.
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