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Begonia (Tuberosa Group)

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Description

Tuberosa group Begonias are 13 different types of summer flowering tender plants with colorful waxy petals.  Flower shapes vary from different shapes like camellias or carnations to numbers of petals (single, double), to petal type (banded, ruffled)  or their habit (compact, weeping, cascading).  Some hybrids may need staking.  Plants prefer dappled sunlight to bright shade in organically rich well-drained moist, but not soggy soil.  They make the excellent interior or exterior container plants, mass planted in border fronts or in window boxes.  Plant tubers shallowly n groups of 3-4 per container or space 12"-18" apart in the ground.  Outdoor containers can be brought inside to overwinter.  Plants to not like humidity or heat so can sometimes suffer in southern summers.  Protect from too much sun and wind but make sure to provide good air circulation to avoid foliar diseases.  Begonias propagate very easily from stem or leaf cuttings.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Aphids, mealybugs, whiteflies, slugs and snails are occasional problems.  Powdery mildew and stem rot can occasionally occur.  Too much water can cause tuber rot and not enough air circulation can cause disease problems. 

 

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#pink#houseplant#annual#orange#rose#salmon#apricot#container plant#pink flowers#tuberous roots#orange flowers#salmon flowers#interiorscape#black walnut#window boxes#cpp#bedding plant#dry soil tolerant#summer flowers#shade#scarlet flowers#apricot flowers#scarlet#borders#mid-summer flowers#patios#border front#late summer flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Begonia
    Family:
    Begoniaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Leaf Cutting
    Stem Cutting
    Bulb Storage:
    Before hard frost, dig up tubers and remove excess soil. Dry and cover with dry medium like peat, wood shavings, or pearlite. Store in cool dry location and replant tubers in late winter.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Habit/Form:
    Cascading
    Dense
    Weeping
    Maintenance:
    High
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Dry winged capsule which splits lengthwise to reveal numerous tiny seeds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Pink
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Mid to late summer flowers are waxy feeling white scarlet, pink, salmon, orange, rose, or apricot. This plant has up to 6-in. flowers in threes. Male flowers are double.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Variegated
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    It has pointed oval to ear-shaped asymmetrical, green leaves which may be streaked or spotted, up to 8" long.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Hanging Baskets
    Houseplants
    Patio
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Dry Soil