Variety: Begonia White Belly Button
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: Water-soluble, quick-release fertilizer
Availability: Sold as live, potted plants, but seed may be commercially available in your area.
When to plant: Seeds can be started indoors four to six weeks before the last frost. Sow seeds outdoors after the last frost. Live plants can be planted after the last frost.
SEEDS: Seeds can be planted ½ inch deep. For outdoor planting, thin plants to 12 inches of spacing once they're established.
LIVE PLANTS: For outdoor planting, dig a planting hole twice the size of the root ball and as deep as the soil in the container. Place the White Belly Button Begonia in the planting hole, backfill, mulch and water well.
To transplant a container grown plant to a larger container, line the bottom of the new container with stones to ensure proper drainage. Fill the container with enough soil so that the level of the soil in the old container is at the same level in the new container. Center the begonia in the new container and fill in with soil. Water well.
Water enough to keep the soil moist. If you are growing the plant outdoors, water with at least an inch of water per week. If you're growing the begonia in a container, water when the top inch of soil dries out.
Fertilize with a phosphorus fertilizer until the plant becomes established. After establishment, use a good, all-around flowering shrub and tree fertilizer, unless the soil test shows a low nutrient. In that case, use a nutrient-specific fertilizer.
For container-grown plants, fertilize with a water-soluble, quick-release fertilizer every 10 to 14 days or as otherwise directed on the package. Always follow packaging instructions, especially if you are using organic fertilizers such as fish emulsion, since different brands may have different ingredients and different strengths.
White Belly Button Begonia is a low-maintenance perennial that produces small, evergreen leaves and erect flowers in shades of pink and white.
Prune White Belly Button Begonia during the spring and throughout the growing season for dead and decaying plant matter. Pinch the stem tips to encourage a bushier plant.
The easiest way to propagate is from stem cuttings. Cut a stem tip, leaving two or three leaves on it. Begonias will usually root easily, but if you are having trouble getting it to root, dip the stem cutting in rooting powder before planting.
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