Planting Tips

Location:  
BIG® begonias will grow in any landscape setting from full sun to full shade. In the Southern United States, BIG® begonias will tolerate full sun; however, the leaf colour will change because of the light intensity. Bronze leaf types will turn a deeper bronze color, while green leaf types will have a slight red-bronze margin around the leaf edges. Plant in an area with adequate drainage.

Garden Height:
Final garden height is dictated by environment and geography. On average, BIG® begonias reach heights of 12-18” (30-45 cm). Inwarmer climates(USDA Hardiness Zones 7-11) with higher moisture levels, BIG® begonias may exceed 18" (45 cm) in height.
 
Garden Spread:    
BIG® begonias have an upright, arching habit. As the plant matures,the average spread is 12-15" (30-40 cm).
 
Spacing:                 
Because of their vigorous habit and dense flower canopy, BIG® begonias should be spaced at a minimum of 12" (30 cm) on center. This spacing is 3x greater than traditional spacing for wax begonias!
 
Watering:                
If planted in an area with good drainage, BIG® begonias will thrive. Overhead, mist, or drip irrigation systems are best for application. If possible, irrigate in the early morning to avoid leaf burn caused by the sun.
 
Fertilization:          
Fertilization is one of the most important factors in producing a lush BIG® begonia with a large numbers of flowers. An all purpose, slow release fertilizer such as 14-14-14 should be applied once in the late spring during bed preparation. After BIG® begonias have been planted, fertilize once weekly with a liquid fertilizer with an N-P-K ratio of 24-8-16. Remember, begonias are sensitive to high salt levels in the soil, so do not over-apply fertilizers.
 
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