Begonias Have Started To Topple With Stems Just Falling Off Main Plant

Question From: New Jersey, United States
Q: I bought two beautiful begonia plants that are not tuberous. The dark leave with the ribs are the attraction to this variety. They produce orange blooms agains a rich reddish green foliage and are just beautiful. I bought two plants to put in a planter. I have made sure that the plant is adequate watered and the soil always moist. however, the plants have started to topple down and stems just falling off the main plant. I have now separated the two plants and put them in an airy porch were they get morning light and shade in the pm. It is airy. I would love to save this plant but don't know what to do. They are alive and what remains of the leaves on the plant are still green and not infected with anything. What must I do to bring them back to healthy? Thank you for your time.

A: Sounds like you are overwatering them. Begonias resent wet feet. The soil should be allowed to dry down to the first knuckle of your pointer finger when stuck into the soil before watering. Do not fertilize them for a few weeks. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy