Strawberry Begonia (Saxifraga Stolonifera) is a perennial plant. Due to its cold tolerance and shade preference, it is often grown as a houseplant. The aesthetic value of this plant comes from its round, hairy green leaves, although it also blooms. With proper care, strawberry begonias can survive for several years in outdoor gardens. The name of Strawberry Begonia is a bit misleading. This plant neither produces any fruit, nor is it actually a begonia. When placed indoors, strawberry begonias are usually placed in a hanging basket. Proper maintenance of strawberry begonias is very important to ensure their longevity. This article will introduce the precautions for growing and caring.
How to Choose and Prepare a Planting Site
Grow strawberry begonia plants in a brightly lit area, such as an east or west window not blocked by outdoor trees. This plant likes cool temperatures: 50 to 75℉. (10-24 ℃). Often you'll find strawberry begonia plants growing as an outdoor ground cover, where it is hardy in USDA Zones 7-10. This is a good place to get a start for an indoor plant.
How to Grow Strawberry Begonia (Saxifraga stolonifera)
Steps for Strawberry Begonia (Saxifraga stolonifera) Propagation with Seeds
Strawberry Begonia was mostly propagated by sowing, with a high survival rate and a very low level of handling, and could be prepared for planting in March and April, when the weather grew warmer, by picking seeds at flowering time or by purchasing them on the market.
Strawberry Begonia is usually grown in moist soil, but if the soil is loose and fertile, it is easier for Strawberry Begonia seeds to germinate. Under normal conditions, the soil can be made into pot soil by mixing wall soil and leaf leaf soil evenly, and the bottom of the seeding vessel can be padded with clay tiles to facilitate the germination of seeds.
Strawberry Begonia was given the best way to breed after the seeds were selected and prepared by softening them and then spraying them with carbendazim to disinfect them, which allowed them to be sown to a depth of 1cm and protected them from pests and diseases.
- Management measures after sowing propagation
Strawberry Begonia seeds can be planted in a semi-shade for up to a week, sprayed with water and kept at about 20 ℃ to allow the seeds to germinate and grow.
Steps for Strawberry Begonia (Saxifraga stolonifera)Propagation with Division
Strawberry Begonia division propagation in spring, summer, fall and winter, but the winter is colder and the summer is hotter, with the spring and autumn being the best.
Late spring or early autumn will be creeping on the small plants cut, concentrated in shallow culture pot, one plant per pot, covered with glass or plastic film, pay attention to maintain a high humidity, until the root system developed and then planted in a small pot. We also can divide plantlets directly in a small pot, pour water permeable, and place in a damp place, about 2 weeks can restore growth. If planted in the rock garden, it can be planted in the north of the rock, in order to avoid direct sunlight. If potted, each potted seedling can be suspended in front of the window under the eaves, letting its creeping drooping.Water should be sprayed frequently to improve the ambient humidity. Burning hot season should be placed in a ventilated cool place, controlling moisture.
After the recovery of growth in autumn, it is necessary to increase watering and apply thin liquid fertilizer 2 times a week. Fertilizer should be applied under the leaves to avoid staining the foliage and affecting growth.
How to Care for Strawberry Begonia (Saxifraga stolonifera)
This plant does best in a bright window, but does not like direct sunlight. Placing it in a west or east facing window is best as long as the area doesn't get too hot or too dry. In short, the strawberry begonia likes bright light and coolish temperatures.
Strawberry begonia plants prefer to be housed in lightweight, fast-draining potting soil. It should be moist, but not stay waterlogged.
If the top of soil in the Strawberry Begonia Plant are still moist, do not water. When the top few inches dry out, water a Strawberry Begonia until water comes out the bottom drip holes. A Strawberry Begonia Plant needs less water in the fall and winter when it is resting. Always water a Strawberry Begonia from the bottom so no water collects on the hairs of the leaves.
Temperature and Humidity
Strawberry begonia plants prefer to be cool rather than hot; in order for your plant to thrive, aim to keep its surrounding environment between 50 ℉ and 75℉. Your plant will not thrive if it's hot, so be sure to move your begonia to a cooler space. When it comes to humidity, strawberry begonia plants can thrive in moderate to high humidity, but will not need most average levels increased in the home.
Fertilise every four waters during the growing period before reducing this to every six in the autumn & winter. Although an 'All-Purpose' fertiliser will still do the job, we'd recommend using a specific 'Houseplant' labelled fertiliser as it'll support the vital thirteen nutrients that this species will need to grow.
Remove yellow or dying leaves, and plant debris to encourage better-growing conditions. While pruning, always use clean scissors or shears to reduce the chance of bacterial and fungal diseases. Never cut through yellowed tissue as this may cause further damage in the likes of diseases or bacterial infections. Remember to make clean incisions as too-damaged wounds may shock the plant, causing weakened growth and a decline in health.
Pests and Diseases
Keep an eye out for mealybugs, aphids, spider mites, fungus gnats & whitefly. Common diseases associated with this species are root rot, red leaf-spot, heart rot, botrytis & southern blight - click here to learn more about these issues.
Varieties of Strawberry Begonia (Saxifraga stolonifera) to Try in Your Garden
Team spider plant and strawberry begonia in neighboring hanging baskets for a curtain of color.
Strawberry Begonia makes a great ground cover under tall ficus trees such as Burgundy Rubber tree.
The upright stems and shiny foliage of ZZ plant are the perfect complement for Strawberry Begonia.
Strawberry Begonia (Saxifraga stolonifera) FAQ
Why does the bottom leaf turn yellow?
Yellowing lower leaves could be a sign of irrigation abuse, but equally is a byproduct of maturity. If the older leaves rapidly become yellow in quick succession, both under, or over-watering could be to blame. People don't realise that a plant's root system needs access to oxygen too; when soil is watered, the air will travel upwards and out of the potting mix. A lack of accessible oxygen for the roots will cause them to subsequently breakdown over the oncoming days. If yours is a victim of neglect, create a watering schedule to avoid forgetfulness in the future.
Why my plant has Crisped foliage with brown leaf-edges?
Crisped foliage with brown leaf-edges is the result of too little water and potential over-exposure to the sun. Strawberry Begonia are best located in bright settings, with those that haven't acclimatised to the harsh rays may show signs of sun-scorch and environmental shock. A splash of morning sunlight is acceptable as long as the soil moisture is regularly observed, once the introductory period has elapsed.