Expert Tips for Overwintering Begonias as Houseplants 

Although begonias are well-liked annual flowers, you can continue to enjoy them well into the winter. Begonias may overwinter more easily than you might expect.  

"Keeping begonias healthy when moved indoors for winter is a challenge," says Melinda Myers, a garden expert. In much of the country, the days are shorter and the light intensity is lower.   

Plants should be placed away from chilly drafts yet next to a sunny window. To promote healthy, more robust growth, think about including an artificial light.  

To boost humidity around the plants, group them together or set them on pebbles in a saucer filled with water. To prevent root rot, make sure the begonias are raised above the water.   

Give the plants lots of room so that they can receive the most light, have better ventilation, and experience fewer disease issues.  

"My neighbor gave me this sturdy houseplant. It blooms twice or three times annually. What kind of plant is that? Birds & Blooms reader Mindy Mench of White Cloud, Michigan asks.  

"You're right—this is a begonia. They make great, sturdy houseplants," says Melinda Myers. They can be cultivated outside in containers or gardens in moderately shady or sunny settings with damp but draining soil.   

To preserve them from year to year, bring them inside for the winter if you decide to cultivate them outside.  

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