Variety: Begonia Baby Fingers
Zones: 10 to 11
AHS Heat Zone: Not defined for this plant
Soil Type: Some sand to clay loam
Soil pH: 6 to 7
Sunlight: Shade to dappled
Watering: Normal to moist
Fertilizer: Flowering shrub and tree fertilizer
Availability: Sold as seeds or live, potted plants.
When to plant: Plant the Baby Fingers Begonia at any time during the growing season when there is no danger of frost.
SEEDS: Plant seeds ½ inch deep, 12 to 18 inches apart.
CONTAINER: Dig a planting hole twice the size of the root ball and as deep as the soil in the container. Center in the planting hole and backfill with soil. Create a water ring around the perimeter of the planting hole. The water ring will help divert water to the outside roots and will encourage proper root growth and nourishment. Mulch with at least 3 inches of compost or pulverized bark and water well.
BALLED AND BURLAPED: Dig a planting hole three times the size of the root ball and as deep as the root ball. Scarify the sides of the planting hole with a pitchfork or shovel. If the burlap is synthetic, remove and discard it, as synthetic burlap does not decompose. Center in the planting hole. Remove any staples or ties holding organic burlap on the plant. Fold the top of the burlap down far enough into the planting hole so that it is completely covered when you backfill. Backfill with soil. Create a water ring around the perimeter of the planting hole. Mulch with at least 3 inches of compost or pulverized bark and water well.
BARE ROOT: Soak the roots for at least eight hours to ensure proper hydration. Dig a planting hole as wide as the spread-out roots and as deep as the discoloration on the trunk, which shows how deep the begonia was previously planted. Center in the planting hole and backfill with soil. Create a water ring around the perimeter of the planting hole. Mulch with at least 3 inches of compost or pulverized bark and water well.
Water with at least an inch of water per week. The soil should be kept moist to a depth of 18 inches. Water again when the top few inches of soil dries out. If you have a problem with excess standing water, create a French drain to help divert excess water to another part of the garden or yard.
Fertilize with flowering shrub and tree fertilizer in the spring. If a soil test shows low or missing nutrients, use a nutrient-specific fertilizer instead of an all-purpose fertilizer.
Baby Fingers Begonia is a low-maintenance evergreen that produces green foliage and single, pink flowers. It grows to a height of 1 foot and up to 1 foot wide.
Prune Baby Fingers Begonia in the spring and throughout the growing season for dead and decaying plant matter. Pinch the stem tips to encourage bushiness, especially when grown in containers. This plant has growth buds; pinching the terminal buds off the stem tips will force the lateral buds to grow.
Propagate by dividing the rhizomes or with stem cuttings. Dip stem cuttings in rooting powder and plant them in amended soil. Water well.
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