Having A Healthy Strawberry Begonia
The saxifraga stolonifera or strawberry begonia is a near to the ground different type of plant. It is a perennial and it has shorter red stems. The leaves on the end of the stems are round and deep green and they have grayish white veins that snake through the leaves. The leaves also have a delightful furry covering. This plant produces blooms that can be found in mid spring. The blooms each have five petals and two of these petals are longer than the rest. They are a pale purple color and can be spotted with deep purple dots toward the bottom of the flower.
The strawberry begonia reaches only twelve inches in height but it can have longer stemmed shoots that run out from the bottom of the plant. This would make them a perfect house plant for people who love long vine plants. But it is unclear where they plants are the healthiest. Most people claim that they are excellent outdoor plants but they cannot grow them indoors and others say that it is the other way around. But growing a healthy strawberry begonia plant can depend on the climate.
In extreme heat these plants will wither up and die. You should never place a strawberry begonia plant in direct sunlight. Whether you are keeping the plant inside or out, it does best in mostly shade through out the day. It can even be affected by higher temperatures even in the shade. People who live in warmer climates should probably keep it inside where the temperature is cool. But it is perfect for people who live in a cooler climate and even after the coldest of winters, it will return again in the spring unaffected.
Before you plant your strawberry begonia you will need to make the soil matches the plants PH requirements. You can do this by purchasing a soil tester at your local gardening center. If you come up short in any areas, you may need to add a small amount of fertilizer to get the best results. This will help the plant remain healthy and also help it to produce plenty of blooms in the spring.
Because the strawberry begonia is so short it may be helpful to raise it a bit and plant it on a slight hill. This plant is not particularly water sensitive but the roots can become saturated and start to decay if water pools around them. But you will probably never have to worry about an occasional heavy rain or snowfall.
Be careful not to surround your plant with another taller plant. It does not matter if the plant near it makes shade for the strawberry begonia but it may compete with the plant and steal the necessary nutrients from it. Weeds and grasses are responsible for this and all smaller plants that are similar should be removed from around the plant. It also does not like to be covered with dried leaves or mulch. Make sure the soil is always cleared of any debris too.
Whether you keep your strawberry begonia inside or out it looks the best hanging from a planter. It has longer stems that grow and dangle from the plant, and nothing looks as nice as these stems filled with tiny blooms in the springtime. If you always keep the soil damp and have the proper drainage on the bottom of the planter, the plants should thrive. But make sure to remove them from any area where they could be negatively affected by extreme heat.
If your plant is damaged by the heat move it to a dark cool room and keep it watered until it recovers.