Cultivar: F H Bedson
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: Water-soluble, quick-release fertilizer
Availability: Sold as live, potted plants.
When to plant: Plant FH Bedson Begonia at any time during the growing season when there is no danger of frost.
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. Mulch with 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, if the plant is being grown outside. Water again when the top 6 to 7 inches of soil dries out.
If the plant is being grown as a container plant inside, water weekly, keeping the soil moist. Allow the top few inches of soil to dry out before watering again. Make sure the pot has proper drainage. Do not allow the roots to sit in drained water.
Fertilize with water-soluble, quick-release fertilizer every 12 to 14 days or as otherwise directed on the package. If a soil test shows low or missing nutrients, use a nutrient-specific fertilizer instead of an all-purpose fertilizer.
The FH Bedson Begonia is a high-maintenance evergreen that produces small, green leaves and long-lasting flowers in shades of pink and red.
Prune the FH Bedson Begonia in the spring and throughout the growing season for dead and decaying plant matter. Pinch the stem tips to encourage foliage growth, especially if this plant is being grown in a pot. This will make the plant become fuller.
Propagate by pinching a stem tip, dipping it in rooting powder and planting in amended soil. This plant may also be propagated by dividing the rhizomes.
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