Maintaining a Strawberry Begonia
Strawberry begonia plants, also known as strawberry geranium plants, are funny—they’re neither strawberry, begonia, nor geranium plants. However, they’re hardy plants that can live happily for up to 10 years in your garden, lending the uniquely fuzzy, leafy ground cover to your yard.
Also known as Saxifraga stolonifera and/or Saxifraga sarmentosa, strawberry begonias don’t like to be shoved into compact places. For this reason, you should avoid overcrowding, as not only will you help the plants get the air circulation they need, but you will also help them grow deep, healthy roots.
The Right Light
Strawberry begonias prefer to have bright but filtered sunlight. Generally they’d rather be put in partial shade, to prevent sunburn. Protect them from direct sunlight but still provide some natural lighting, because they still need to perform photosynthesis. Plant your strawberry begonia in a shady spot that doesn’t provide full shade, like beneath the obscuring branches of a large tree—just make sure the placement of the plants won’t make them compete for water or nutrients.
The Right Temperature
These plants also prefer cooler weather, from the ambient temperature in your home to colder temperatures, making them great for both cooler climates and as house plants. They also prefer evenly moistened soil, rather than wet in some places and dry in others as some plants like. Strawberry begonias make for wonderful hanging plants for your patio or indoor space, and you can add color with the brilliant flowers that bloom on this plant.
Saxifraga really appreciate high humidity too because it gives them the water they need for their lush greens and plump blooms. Like many other plants, strawberry begonias can take in water and nutrients from their environment through their leaves, taking it all right down to the roots and keeping them strong and healthy during their never-ending growth.
Now while these plants can go dormant, the growth process never really stops, it just slows down during the latent season, only growing a millimeter or two over the course of a few months. This will change based on soil, fertilization, and other variables, but generally, strawberry begonias can overwinter just fine outside and still come back thriving the following year.
As for fertilization, a balanced fertilizer is best for this hardy plant. You can apply it in a couple different ways, but the best way to apply it is by using a liquid dilution that you pour directly onto the soil beneath the plant’s foliage.
Strawberry begonias are easy plants to care for whether in your home or garden, and will yield you lots of leaves and flowers every blooming season if you care for them correctly.