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Begonia

 

Begonia

There are many different types of Begonia. They can can be perennial or annual, tuberous, rhizomatous, or cane-stemmed, evergreen or deciduous, grown mainly for foliage or grown mainly for flowers, suitable for borders or suitable for containers and hanging-baskets, Summer flowering or Winter-flowering. The main types of begonia are : Rhizomatous - including Rex cultivars, that are grown mainly for their colourful foliage - evergreen, suitable for container growing; Tuberous, which are perennial but often treated as annuals; Winter-flowering, evergreen, low-growing and compact; Semperflorens, evergreen, bushy perennials, often grown as annuals, with both single and double flowers Cane-stemmed: shrubby begonias, tender perennials, some cultivars up to 3m. in height, with upright bamboo-like stems All begonias are frost tender, and all prefer slightly acidic soil

 
plant Features
  • Begonia likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Begonia likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Begonia is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Begonia likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Begonia

Latin name

Begonia

type

Half hardy annual or perennial

family

Begoniaceae

ph

6.5 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Begonia likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Begonia is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Begonia likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Begonia likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Begonia is 0.30meters x 0.30meters 0.30 M 0.30 M

Begonia

There are many different types of Begonia. They can can be perennial or annual, tuberous, rhizomatous, or cane-stemmed, evergreen or deciduous, grown mainly for foliage or grown mainly for flowers, suitable for borders or suitable for containers and hanging-baskets, Summer flowering or Winter-flowering. The main types of begonia are : Rhizomatous - including Rex cultivars, that are grown mainly for their colourful foliage - evergreen, suitable for container growing; Tuberous, which are perennial but often treated as annuals; Winter-flowering, evergreen, low-growing and compact; Semperflorens, evergreen, bushy perennials, often grown as annuals, with both single and double flowers Cane-stemmed: shrubby begonias, tender perennials, some cultivars up to 3m. in height, with upright bamboo-like stems All begonias are frost tender, and all prefer slightly acidic soil


Planting

From Late Spring TO Early Summer

All begonias do best in neutral or slightly acid soils or compost, and most prefer to be sited in partial shade. Some will suffer in the sun. All begonias are frost tender. When first planting young plants, it is worth removing any early flower buds, as this will allow the plant to reach its full size as quickly as possible. Plant out bedding plants when there is no risk of frost. Water in well but as with all begonias, try to keep water away from foliage if possible as although they like to be kept moist, too much water on the foliage can cause mildew and spoil your display.

 

Propagation by seed early

From Mid Winter TO Late Winter

Sow seed in mid to late winter in a propogator and maintain a temperature of 20-25C. Do not cover the seed with compost. Maintain high humidity with a fine water spray. Seeds are like dust so care needs to be taken. As they begin to germinate, protect the seedlings from full direct sunlight and prick out after about six weeks. Begonias are among the more difficult plants to raise from seed. Even gardeners with well heated greenhouses often resort to buying small young plants in early or mid-spring to bring on to planting stage. Harden off before planting out.

 

Propagation by cutting

From Early Summer TO Late Summer

Cuttings may be propagated for additional plants. Divide in spring for more outdoor begonia plants. Cuttings can be done by taking a stem and taking off the lower leaves and making a fresh cut just under the nest leaf, dip into rooting compound and plant in a pot with damp sand to encourage roots, do not let it dry out.

 
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