Of tropical origin, symbol of sympathy and adapts both to the home and garden, begonia is a pleasing flower to the sight that helps to beautify and decorate the environment in which it is placed every season of the year.
It is a continuous flowering plant with variable leaf coloring that contributes to creating pleasant chromatic effects.
The begonia, belonging to the large family of begoniacees, can be part of three different groups: that of rhizomatous, tuberose and collated roots. This classification is carried out precisely in function of the roots that characterize the plant.
Its arrival in our continent probably dates back to the eighteenth century. It seems that he has come to Europe from Jamaica and that in 1777 his name was chosen by a botanical monk, to pay homage to the governor of Saint Domingue Michel Bégon.
Planting and treating begonias is fairly simple and within reach. Those who decide to plant it for the first time should get the bulbs and, while, if you prefer home grown, in a small pot. In the garden bulbs can be buried by the arrival of spring and from the month of May. The ideal depth of the soil is about three centimeters while in a pot it is preferable to descend to a depth of about 5 centimeters.
To favor flowering, it is good to choose a place for the growth of the sun-exposed plant, but for the protection of too hot and direct rays.
In the summer it is good to water the plant in the early hours of the morning or late evening. In winter before proceeding to a new watering it is best to wait for the soil to be dry.
The flowering of begonia is not the same for all types. Some will flourish throughout the year, others only in warm and hot times. It is important to cuddle the species too lush to prevent the branches from spreading too far
Meaning and language of flowers
Like all flowers, begonia has its symbolic meaning that has evolved over the years.
In recent centuries and in particular until 1800, this flower was considered a symbol of hypocrisy.
Today, however, represents hospitality and sympathy and in the countries of South America is considered a symbol of wealth.
For its beauty and the simplicity it requires in care, begonia is currently a floral tribute to those who love plants, but can not spend too much time on their care.
Begonia also has properties that contribute to purifying the air of the environment where it is cultivated and for this reason NASA wanted to include it among the species to be resold and used in aerospace stations.
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