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Begonia

Phonetic Spelling
beh-GO-nee-ah
Description

This annual and summer bulb, that has showy leaves and flowers, can be planted outdoors in mild climates. Its season is from summer to fall. It needs AM sun to 50% shade. Space 9-12 in. (22-30 cm) apart. The depth should be that you cover the plant 2 in. (5 cm). Technically, Begonia spp. is an organ called an enlarged hypocotyl and it has hardiness of Tender III- injured below 25 degrees F (2 degrees C).

'Rex begonias' are one of the most stunning, colorful houseplants. The blooms on 'Rex begonias' are not very showy, so they are often pinched off to encourage leaf growth. This plant needs bright indirect light year-round and humid conditions (though direct misting of the foliage encourages powdery mildew).  They need consistent water but do not tolerate overwatering.  They can tolerate less light than other begonias and will do well under fluorescents. It propagates easily by division through its knobby rhizomatous roots.

The flowers are citrus flavored with a slightly bitter aftertaste. They can be eaten raw, or cooked in sauces.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Belgian begonias
  • 'On Top Sun Glow'
    1st Place Container Plant in the 2019 NC State Annual Color Trials
  • Rex begonias
Tags:
#red#fall#white#pink#bulb#yellow#houseplant#annual#summer#not hardy#showy leaves#colorful#apvg#dappled shade#cpp#bicolor#division#double#double flowers#summer bulbs
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Belgian begonias
  • 'On Top Sun Glow'
    1st Place Container Plant in the 2019 NC State Annual Color Trials
  • Rex begonias
Tags:
#red#fall#white#pink#bulb#yellow#houseplant#annual#summer#not hardy#showy leaves#colorful#apvg#dappled shade#cpp#bicolor#division#double#double flowers#summer bulbs
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Begonia
    Family:
    Begoniaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Bulb Storage:
    Harvest enlarged hypocotyls in fall, dry, store in dry peat at 35-41 degrees F (2-5 degrees C)
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 9 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Bulb
    Houseplant
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Showy blooms range in color from pink, red, yellow, white, or bicolors and can be found in doubles.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Variegated
    White
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Showy leaves can be 6" long with tapered ends and toothed edges.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Houseplants
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden