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Weeping Begonia Flower Care – Techniques For Healthy, Stunning Flowers

I bought a Weeping Begonia last spring, drawn to its beauty and reputation for charm and difficulty. I had no idea this plant would lead me on a fantastic voyage of research and learning. 

In this post, we’ll go over the ins and outs of caring for weeping begonia flowers, so you may cultivate these lovely plants. 

Light, watering schedule, soil mix, pests, and diseases are all covered. In spite of everything, my love for the Weeping Begonia blossomed. We earned each flower as a reward for overcoming the difficulties we faced.

Types of Begonias

Their sparkling foliage and dainty blossoms yield at once color
  • Wax Begonias
    • I remember adding Wax Begonias to my flower beds last summer. Their sparkling foliage and dainty blossoms yield at once color. I was startled by how well they thrived in both bright locations near my patio and gloomy fence corners. They were like the easy-going friends in a garden, happy just about anywhere.
  • Tuberous Begonias
    • I saw Tuberous Begonias at a gardening fair. Their rose-like flowers, large and brightly colored, were a showstopper. I learned they grow from tubers, and I couldn’t hold off getting some for my hanging baskets. Although they needed more care, particularly in maintaining an ideal moisture level, the bounty of seeing their magnificent blossoms was well worth the extra work.
There are many types of weeping beginia
  • Rex Begonias
    • Rex Begonias are all about their leaves; these leaves are a tapestry of colors and patterns. I found that by placing it in a shady area of my living room, away from direct sunshine, the somewhat damp conditions are ideal for these plants. It was the ideal indoor companion. 
  • Rhizomatous Begonias
    • I discovered Rhizomatous Begonias in a friend’s shade garden. These Begonias grow from a stem that creeps along the ground and have really interesting leaves that caught my eyes. They thrive well inside or in gloomy gardens.
  • Cane Begonias (Angel Wing Begonias)
    • These have stems that look like bamboo and leaves with spots or lines. Its tall stature and dangling flowers will add an exotic touch to your indoor plant collection.
  • Trailing Begonias
    • In my hanging baskets, their long, cascading stems covered in flowers and leaves made a beautiful scene. They liked it when it was a little damp, and they added a touch of nature to my city life.
  • Rieger Begonias
    • During a particularly dreary winter, you can choose to grow Rieger Begonias, they are bright and flower in the winter. Their vibrant blooms were a delightful contrast to the grey skies outside. Growing them indoors, especially in the colder months, to lend a much-needed burst of color to your house.
  • Dragon Wing Begonias
    • Big dragon-wing-shaped leaves and numerous blooms made them fascinating. Garden and indoor baskets and pots may be used to plant them. They adapted well to each environment, adding dramatic flair. 

What Zone Do Weeping Begonias Grow In?

Weeping Begonias are lovely plants that flourish in divergent weather setting. USDA zones 6-11 are the maximum for them because of the warm weather. Where winter temperatures rarely drop below -10°F (-23°C). Weeping Begonias may be cultivated outside year-round in shaded areas since they don’t enjoy hot sun.

Weeping Begonias may be grown in USDA zones 2-8, where it becomes cooler. In some places, people plant them as one-season annuals. Potting Weeping Begonias and putting them inside in the winter lets you enjoy them.

My cousin, who lives in USDA zone 5, visited me last year. She loved my Weeping Begonias and wanted them in her yard. We planned for her zone’s cold winters. She grew them in elegant pots to complement her patio. As summer turned to fall, she gently carried them inside, near a light window. She loved seeing her living room become a warm, vivid haven with the Begonias blooming despite the weather outside.

Weeping Begonia Flower Care

Begonia care requires knowledge of their light, soil, water, temperature, humidity, and fertilizer demands. Regular assessments and environmental changes will keep your Begonias healthy and colorful.

AspectCare Details
LightBright, indirect sunlight. Protect from harsh afternoon sun.
SoilWell-draining, rich in organic matter.
WaterWater when top inch of soil is dry. Avoid overwatering.
TemperaturePrefer warm environments, 60-70°F (15-21°C). Avoid cold drafts.
HumidityHigh humidity is beneficial.
FertilizerBalanced, water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks in growing season, diluted to half strength. Less in winter.

Common Problems With Begonias

Gardeners typically struggle with pests, illnesses, and watering weeping begonias. Begonias have five primary issues, including symptoms and solutions:

  • Mites leave young leaves curled, brittle, and discolored. Solution: remove diseased portions and spray miticide.
  • Mealybugs appear as soft, white wax-like creatures with “wooly” egg coverings. Rub with rubbing alcohol or spray/dip in soapy water.
  • Small, spherical, hard-shelled insects. Repeat treatment until eradication, like mealybugs.
  • Whiteflies: Tiny, white flying insects on leaf undersides. With yellow sticky traps and soapy water spray. Greenhouses benefit from chemical sprays and predatory wasps.
  • Nematodes: Microscopic worms that cause reddish-brown leaf death , wilting and discoloration. Remove rotting leaves, avoid overhead watering, disinfect pots, and regulate with soil drenches.

How to Grow Begonias From Seed

I tried growing Begonias from seed last spring.

How to Grow Begonias From Seed

1. Prepare Seed Starting Mix and Trays:

I got a fine seed-starting mix, a small tray, and tiny Begonia seeds. From my bright kitchen, I carefully made the tray mix to be light and fluffy, just suitable for those little seeds. As I scattered the tiny seeds on top, the mix felt like a moist cake crumb.

2. Sow Seeds and Maintain the Right Environment:

Begonia seeds are tiny, so sprinkle them gently on the surface of the soil. Do not bury them as they need light to germinate. I misted the surface with water and I made a mini greenhouse on my windowsill using transparent plastic to take advantage of the warm, filtered sunshine. Keep the tray in a warm, indirect light area at about 70-75°F (21-24°C).

3. Germination and Light Exposure:

Check regularly for germination, which can take 14 days to a month. I examined the tray daily with concern and joy. I doubted the little seeds would grow. Tiny green specks emerged after two weeks. Keep the soil moist but not wet.Once seeds sprout, remove the plastic cover and give them 14-16 hours of light in a bright place or with a grow lamp.

4. Transplanting and Hardening Off:

When the seedlings had grown a bit sturdier, with a couple of true leaves each, I carefully transplanted them into individual pots. This was a nerve-wracking process, as their roots were so delicate. But gently, one by one, they were nestled into their new homes. The hardening off process was next. Starting with a few hours a day for a week or two. Each day, they spent a little more time outdoors, getting used to the wind, the sun, and the outdoor air.

5. Planting Outdoors and Ongoing Care:

Finally, the day came to plant them in my garden. Begonias thrive in filtered sunshine or partial shade, so I picked it. Watching them develop and thrive all season was gratifying. I nourished and watered them. Maintain wet soil and fill with balanced fertilizer throughout the growth season. My advice is to water seedlings gently to keep from distressing the soil and hurting fragile plants. And they flowered with brilliant hues, a daily reminder of our journey from seed to blossom.

Plant Attributes

The cascading or “weeping” blooming behavior of the Weeping Begonia is unique. The blooms hang gracefully from the stems, resulting in a stunning show. The pink, crimson, and white hues and quantity of flowers make them attractive. Weeping Begonias thrive in mild to warm temperatures and bright, indirect light. High humidity suits them for indoor production in humid rooms or greenhouses.


Gardeners may enjoy Weeping Begonias’ distinctive beauty by adhering to the precise care instructions and swiftly solving fears. These plants like bright, indirect light, well-draining soil, and warmth and humidity. They need regular fertilizer and watering to be healthy. Their cascading blossoms and brilliant hues enhance indoor and outdoor areas.

Kelly Lawrence

Kelly Lawrence

Kelly Lawrence is the CEO of Swipe Garden. Over 10 years in the writing and passion for gardening, she brings a wealth of expertise and creativity to the world of gardening. Kelly Lawrence has cultivated a community of plant lovers, making gardening accessible and enjoyable for all.