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Begonia x benaratensis BIG SERIES has some common insect problems:
Mealybugs Found on Flowers and Foliage
Thrips Found on Flowers and Foliage
Begonia x benaratensis BIG SERIES has some common disease problems:
Bacterial Leaf Spot on Greenhouse Ornamentals

Begonia Begonia x benaratensis BIG SERIES

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Begonia:

Phonetic Spelling
be-GON-yuh ben-nair-a-TEN-sis
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
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Description

Begoniaceae is a large flowering plant family with about 1500 different species and hundreds of hybrids. Mature begonia plants range in size from a few inches high to over 12 feet high and the flowers, foliage colors and sizes are very diverse. Begonia x benaratensis is hybrid wax begonia. A frost sensitive perennial, it is typically grown to be used as an annual. The BIG SERIES (angel wing begonia x fibrous begonia F1 hybrids) is a recent seed-grown introduction from Benery Seed. Plants are currently available in different cultivars listed above.  

Begonia × benariensis is compact, bushy, and mounded with fibrous roots, fleshy stems, tough waxy dark green to bronze leaves and loose clusters (cymes) of single or double flowers in shades of white, pink or red plus bicolor versions. It is a vigorous plant that flowers reliably throughout the growing season (May to October). BIG SERIES is noted for its early bloom, large flowers, and vigorous habit.

When grown outdoors as an annual, BIG SERIES is noted for its tolerance to hot and humid summers. It grows well in average to moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade, preferring sun dappled part shade. Bronze-leaved varieties are more tolerant of full sun. Provide consistent moisture throughout the growing season, although the plant will tolerate periods of drought. Seeds are small and growing from seed can be difficult; however, you can start seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before last frost date. Do not sow seeds directly in the garden. Alternatively, you can purchase starter plants or take cuttings from overwintered plants. Set plants out after last frost date.12 to 15 inches apart to promote good air circulation and to reduce potential fungal disease problems.

If grown in a container, you can cut back the plant in the fall and overwintered indoors in a cool location with reduced watering.

Diseases, Insects, and Other Plant Problems:

No serious insect or disease problems. Susceptible to bacterial leaf spot, powdery mildew, blight and stem/crown rots. Watch for mealybugs and thrips.

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See this plant in the following landscapes:
Fence Planter Shade Border
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Red With Bronze Leaf'
    red flowers with bronze leaves
  • 'Red With Green Leaf'
    red flowers green leaves
  • 'Rose With Bronze Leaf'
    rose-pink flowers with bronze leaves
  • 'Whopper Green Red Leaf'
  • 'Whopper Red Bronze'
'Red With Bronze Leaf', 'Red With Green Leaf', 'Rose With Bronze Leaf', 'Whopper Green Red Leaf', 'Whopper Red Bronze'
Tags:
#showy flowers#vigorous#perennial#container plant#frost tender#showy leaves#window boxes#edging#long bloom time#borders#beds#indoor#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Red With Bronze Leaf'
    red flowers with bronze leaves
  • 'Red With Green Leaf'
    red flowers green leaves
  • 'Rose With Bronze Leaf'
    rose-pink flowers with bronze leaves
  • 'Whopper Green Red Leaf'
  • 'Whopper Red Bronze'
'Red With Bronze Leaf', 'Red With Green Leaf', 'Rose With Bronze Leaf', 'Whopper Green Red Leaf', 'Whopper Red Bronze'
Tags:
#showy flowers#vigorous#perennial#container plant#frost tender#showy leaves#window boxes#edging#long bloom time#borders#beds#indoor#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Begonia
    Species:
    benaratensis
    Family:
    Begoniaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Root Cutting
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Borneo
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    drought
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Mounding
    Maintenance:
    High
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10b, 10a, 11b, 11a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Loose cymes of single or double 2 1/2 inch flowers in white, pink, red, or tri-color bloom from May to first frost in the fall.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Feel:
    Waxy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Thick and waxy leaves help minimize water loss in hot weather.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Fleshy.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Hanging Baskets
    Houseplants
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Kidney failure (in grazing animals), vomiting, salivation in dogs/cats. The most toxic part is underground.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Soluble calcium oxalates
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No