How to Care for Hanging Begonias

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Caring for hanging begonias requires you to always consider the leaf color to make sure they are growing properly. Care for hanging begonias with help from a gardening professional in this free video clip.

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Hello, this is Mindy McIntosh-Shetter, from Mindar the Gardening Gnome and Dirt to Dining University, and today I'm going to show you how to care for hanging begonias. Now you may never have considered about putting a begonia in a hanging basket, but it is a wonderful display of color, it's a great way of using the vertical space, verses the horizontal space that a lot of people use. As far as the care, there's a couple of things that you need to consider. First off, you need to consider the leaf color. If the leaf is a bronze color, its actually got its tan already, so it can survive out in bright sunlight. If it has green leaves, it doesn't have its tan yet, and it will need to be placed in the shade. Also, you will always need to remember to fertilize your plant. Now if you're a forgetful gardener like I am, I always like to use a slow release fertilizer, and that way I don't have to worry about fertilizing my plant for at least six to eight weeks. When you're dealing with begonias, you need a 10/30/20 fertilization formula so that you get nice big blooms, and that's what you're looking for as far as a begonia. You'll also need to check the soil moisture. Now when you have a plant in a hanging basket hanging in a vertical space, they have a tendency of drying out more quickly, and a great way of testing to see whether you need to water the plant or not is by sticking your finger in the soil, pull it straight up. If your finger comes out caked with soil, that means that there's enough moisture in the soil, and you don't need to water the plant. If you pull your finger straight up and there's no soil on your finger, you will need to water at that point in time. So that's all there is as far as caring for begonias in hanging baskets. Give these a try next time you go to your nursery and you purchase this plant. So until we meet in the garden again, this has been Mindy McIntosh-Shetter, from Mindar the Gardening Gnome and Dirt to Dining University.

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