The Begonia semperflorens is a small perennial succulent plant native to Brazil, it is generally grown as an annual. It is a species formed by compact bushes of fleshy leaves, with a rounded, glossy, bright green or bronze-reddish color. The everfiorite begonietta reaches 25-40 cm in height; from mid-spring to the first cold it produces small flowers with four petals, fleshy, white, pink or red, particularly beautiful and perfect for embellishing the home garden. In fact, these plants are used for borders, where they quickly become ground cover, have few needs and are therefore very common, they can be commonly seen in many gardens. The leaves are edible and can be eaten raw in salads, in France they are also used candied.
For optimal growth, place the everfiorite begonietta in a sunny position where sunlight can directly reach the plant and its leaves. These species also grow well in partial shade or in full shade. In this case, however, we will have a rather limited flowering due to the absence of light necessary for the production of the flowers. In winter begoniette seprefiorite fear the cold but can be repaired in a tempered greenhouse; usually they are allowed to dry out, since they have a fairly short life and it is therefore convenient to replace them every year.
Now let's talk about the irrigation necessary for the Begonia semperflorens species.
Water the plants regularly, letting the soil dry a little between one watering and another; from March to October provide fertilizer for flowering plants mixed with the water of the watering every 10-12 days for a better development of the stem, branches and leaves of the plant.
The species of begonietta prefer to grow in loose, soft, rich in organic matter and very well drained soils; It is important to use a mixture made of balanced soil, sand and peat, also adding a small amount of mature manure. This will allow our ever-flowering plants to be vigorous and strong.
The reproduction of our everfiorite begonietta plants occurs by seed; It is good to sow the begoniette in a warm bed already in the months of January-February, since germination is quite slow; in spring it is also possible to practice leaf cuttings, taking them from the plants of the previous year preserved in tempered greenhouses as they root quickly and without problems.
Begonietta, Semprefiorita - Begonia semperflorens: Pests and diseases
Begonia semperflorens plants are not usually subject to disease attack and pest development. In any case, if grown in poorly ventilated areas they can be attacked by the floury cochineal. It is a particularly difficult pest to fight because of its tenacity. The farinosa cochineal is in fact one of the most known parasites, feared and hated by garden lovers. To eliminate the problem, it is advisable to set up the environment as one of the main causes of the occurrence of the cochineal is a climate not suitable for the development of our plant. If the problem persists, it is also possible to manually remove the scale insects using an alcohol-soaked sponge.