Apartment plants

Begonia Tamaya


Question: my begonia suffers


Hi, I have a tamaya begonia, which grew wonderfully on the balcony in the shade all summer, I live in the province of Parma, so when the cold came, I moved it to the stairs, I noticed that they continue to leave the leaves at the top, but lose the ones below even if they are neither yellow nor dry, I ask you: is my plant getting sick? Sure of his answer, I greet you and thank you.

Begonia Tamaya: Answer: cultivate begonias


Dear Angela,
tamaya begonias, or coral begonia, are easy to grow plants, which often produce basal polons, and have an erect, poorly branched development; usually they live well in the garden, in a bright place but protected from the direct rays of the sun, and they fear the cold, especially if very intense; so you did very well to move your plant in the house, even if in general it would be better to have a little heated stairwell, or a not very hot room. In any case, these plants do not like being moved too much, so it often happens that a simple change of place of cultivation leads to the fall of some little leaves. In addition to this, the main problem for plants that are hospitalized at home is always the humidity of the air; The plants in the winter months, even if grown in the warm, almost all tend to have a period of vegetative rest, during which they do not have great needs and generally prefer a soil watered only sporadically, just not to keep it always dry; even the fertilizer is not needed, and from October to March they are watered about once every 10 days, or even less. So the soil should only be left slightly damp, preventing it from drying out, or that it remains dry for long days. But, compared to outside, air humidity in the house is definitely too little, considering that the heating dries a lot; for this reason it is better to place the vase in a large saucer, or in a large cache-pot, with a nice amount of expanded clay inside; on the bottom of the external container we will always keep, constantly, about a couple of centimeters of water, which keeps the clay wet, but without reaching the vessel; in this way the soil in which the roots of our plant sink will almost always be quite dry, but enough water will evaporate from the underlying clay to keep the climate around the plant quite humid.