Begonia Tamaya also known as coral begonia is a herbaceous plant native to Brazil; it has succulent stems, divided into sectors, such as bamboo, of a light green color, which tend to lignify over the years; the leaves are elongated, up to 15-20 cm long, lanceolate, with jagged, fleshy margins, light green in color, often with light, silver-white dots. From March until the end of autumn it produces showy clusters of pink or red pendulous flowers. It is a fairly vigorous shrub, which in an apartment can easily reach 60-90 cm in height; to encourage the development of new branches and flowering it is advisable to shorten the branches which tend to elongate too much. During the warm season the foliage tends to turn red on the lower page. There are many hybrids, even with white flowers.
Cultivate the b. Tamaya it is not difficult but it is advisable to know the cultivation needs of the plant in order to give it the attention and care it needs. As for the exposure, the coral begonia it is grown in a bright place, but away from direct sunlight; the minimum temperature should never fall below 10 ° C, so during the winter they are grown in the apartment. Another aspect to consider in addition to the exposure is the type of land to be used. These begonias prefer rich and loose, very well drained soils. Given the vigor of begonia Tamaya it is advisable to repot it every year, in order to provide fresh soil, and possibly a container slightly larger than the previous one. With regard to the issue of irrigation instead, we try to keep the soil constantly moist, remembering to water it often during the hot season, only sporadically in winter. From March to October, remember to provide fertilizer for flowering plants, dissolved in the water used for watering, every 15-20 days.
If we want to get new seedlings of b. coral we can easily multiply the plants we already own in our homes. The multiplication of the coral begonia it happens in fact by cutting, leaf, stem and root. These begonias root with great ease and from a single leaf it is possible to obtain a new plant within a few weeks. The cutting is in fact one of the best techniques for obtaining new seedlings at zero cost, starting from a fragment or branch of the mother plant. A care is always to keep the work tools clean and possibly sharp to be able to make precise cuts and guarantee good health to the plant.
Begonia Tamaya - Coral Begonia: Pests and diseases
These plants are quite vigorous and are hardly attacked by pests or develop diseases. However, it is necessary to pay attention to watering as too many irrigations could cause water stagnation on the ground which is particularly harmful to the health of our plants. Then follow the instructions regarding watering to avoid the formation of fungal diseases that could irreversibly damage our crops.