The Begonia sutherlandii is a perennial tuberous herbaceous plant, native to southern Africa; this species produces thin, fleshy, translucent, light green, prostrate stems, carrying medium size cordiform leaves, of a pale green colour, with irregular and serrated margins, slightly fleshy and waxy. Throughout the year it produces thin stems carrying yellow or orange flowers.
They are grown in apartments, in containers, often in hanging baskets; the flowering is abundant, especially during the spring months; it is advisable to remove the stems carrying wilted flowers, to prolong the flowering. They are plants of easy cultivation, they can be utilized also in the garden, in the shaded flowerbeds, usually as annual ones, and can be grown with simplicity also by those who are new to gardening.
Like most tuberous begonias, they prefer semi-shaded or shaded positions in order to grow optimally; they are cultivated in apartments, even if they can withstand temperatures close to zero or even very short frosts. If cultivated in the garden, they lose the aerial part during the winter months; it is also possible to place them in the garden in spring and to unearth the tubers when the aerial part dries up, in order to keep them in a sheltered place till the following spring.
As for the watering, it is best to water the begonia sutherlandii regularly, avoiding to leave the soil dry for long periods of time; it should be watered abundantly, with regular frequency. Every 15-20 days add to the water of the watering of the fertilizer for green plants.
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Soil is an element that should not be underestimated if you want to grow a plant optimally. Soil is in fact the main source of sustenance of the plant and it is good to choose it carefully to ensure our cultivation the best conditions for growth. The begonia sutherlandii plants prefer fresh and soft soils, well drained; avoid heavy or too compact soils. We suggest repotting every 2-3 years the specimens grown in vases.
Reproducing plants always brings great satisfaction as it is an operation carried out with care and attention, with patience and expectations. Let’s see together how the reproduction of begonia happens.
The multiplication of the plant takes place by seed, in spring, or by division of the tubers, in autumn. In the latter case, the largest tubers are chosen to allow those who wish to carry out this procedure to leave at least one bud on each portion.
The ideal temperature for reproduction should be around 20 degrees.
Begonia – Begonia sutherlandii: Parasites and diseases
Begonia sutherlandii species can be attacked by aphids or cochineal. Aphids are also called plant lice and are particular types of insects that attack most ornamental plants. They have a tiny body (1-3 millimetres) and a mouthparts that can suck the sap contained in the plants and perforate their leaves, branches and shoots. Like aphids, cochineals are also very small insects that cause discoloration and spotting of the leaves, deformation and a slowdown in growth.
Another problem could be the excesses of watering: in this case you will most likely notice radical rottenness.
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