Tips to Keep Your Begonias Blooming all Season Long
1. Use Rich Soil
Secrets To Have More Blooms In The Garden
Soil that is loamy and rich in organic matter, like aged compost or well-rotted manure, provides plenty of nutrients slowly and constantly to the plants. It also encourages beneficial bacterial activity, which promotes soil fertility
This is why add some compost or manure to the soil when planting your flower bed and once again during the mid-season.
Deadhead More Often
Most plants grow better and have more flowers if their wilted and faded blooms are plucked often. Whenever you see the spent flowers, remove them, so the plant can direct its energy on forming more flowers and buds.
Wilted flowers waste energy and sap. They also attract unwanted insects, pests, and diseases.
Also, by cutting off the faded flowers, you prevent plants from seeding.
3. Fertilize the Plants
To have more flowers, feed the plants once every other week during the growing season with half-strength liquid fertilizer.
4. Provide More Sun
Light is essential for the plant’s growth. Direct sunlight for long hours every day can be a prerequisite for many plants that come to flower.
However, shade-loving plants tend to reduce the number of flowers when exposed to more sun.
5. Do Moderate Watering
Excess watering favors the development of foliage but can also lead to the absence of flowering. Similarly, the lack of water can cause the plant to drop the flower buds.
6. Keep them Slightly Root Bound
If you’re growing flowering plants in containers, it’s best to keep them slightly root-bound. This way, they will focus less on root development and bloom prolifically.
7. Apply Mulch
Plants growing in mulched soil are usually more vigorous and less prone to pests and diseases. This helps them to flower profusely!