Planting Tips

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).
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!
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 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.