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Begonia flowers

What is a begonia?

Begonia is a genus of perennial flowering plants in the family Begoniaceae that come in a wide range of leaf types, shapes, sizes and colors. The genus contains about 1,400 different plant species (we set out 12 popular types of begonias). The Begonias are native to moist subtropical and tropical climates. Some species are commonly grown indoors as ornamental houseplants in cooler climates. In cooler climates, some species are cultivated outside in summertime for their bright colorful flowers, which have sepals but no petals.

Annual? Perennial?

Begonias are perennials that are commonly grown as annuals. If you live in a frost-free area, begonias can be grown as perennials. If you live in a cold climate, they can be grown indoors or as annuals.

Indoors? Outdoors? Both?

The answer is both, depending on the climate/temperature of where you life.  They cannot survive freezing temperatures. Therefore, if you live in a cold climate, you will have to grow them indoors or in a greenhouse. If you live in a frost-free area, you can grow them outside. Begonias are best grown in full sun. They require a lot of sunlight for their leaves to make food for themselves. If you live in a very hot area, you may want to grow them in partial shade to protect their leaves.

Here’s a great video on how to care for begonias indoors.

Here’s a video about growing begonias outdoors

Here’s a good outdoor growing video for begonias.

Can begonias be grown in pots or hanging baskets?

You bet they can. In fact, they’re well-known for making wonderful hanging baskets. The fact they require plenty of sun means you can hang them in places with plenty of sun and they’ll do fine. Check it out:

Begonias in hanging basket

Related: 25 flowers similar to begonias