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Begonia

Begonia boliviensis (Begonia ‘Bonfire’ and ‘Bellfire’)

Life: Perennial

 

 

Size: 10″

 

 

Light: Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Bright Shade

 

 

Water: Moist, Well-Drained

 

 

Soil: Some Sand to Clay Loam

 

Perfect for containers and hanging baskets, these cascading Begonias have serrated leaves and large amounts of pendulous blooms. Though tuberous Begonias can be a challenge this far south, these varieties will perform well here, provided they are sheltered from the hot afternoon sun. During the long growing season, keep the soil moist to ensure a profusion of flowers and to keep them from going dormant early. When the days get short in late fall and winter, they will likely enter their period of dormancy; when this happens, they will need very little, if any, water. So long as the soil is kept well-drained throughout the winter, new growth will emerge in late spring. ‘Bonfire’ has flaming red-orange blooms and deeply serrated leaves with red-tinged edges; ‘Bellfire’ has hot coral pink bell-shaped blooms, deep plum-colored leaves, and a slightly bushier growth habit.

Begonia x interspecific (Begonia ‘Ikon Blush White’)

Life: Perennial

 

 

Size: 13-15″

 

 

Light: Bright Shade or Filtered Shade

 

 

Water: Moderately Moist, Well-Drained

 

 

Soil: Rich

 

A hybrid of Begonia semperflorens and angel-winged Begonias, this one has bright green leaves with a soft slivery cast in the shape of angel wings but with the soft feel of B. semperflorens. They grow vigorously in pots, hanging baskets, and other containers, as well as the ground, and will produce copious amounts of small flowers that are white on the face and pink on reverse. Protect them from frost and freezing temperatures.

Begonia semperflorens (Begonia ‘Bada Boom’ Series)

Life: Perennial to Annual

 

 

Size: 10-14″

 

 

Light: Full Sun to Full Shade

 

 

Water: Moderately Moist, Well-Drained, Somewhat Drought Tolerant Once Established

 

 

Soil: Rich

 

Similar to the ‘Cocktail’ Begonia series, except that they begin flowering a little earlier. The leaves are bronze and can tollerate a wide variety of light conditions, but as the scientific name suggests, the flowers are where this one really shines. They truely do seem to bloom forever, being covered from spring until frost with blooms in either pink, crimson, white, rose, or a bi-color of rose and white. It is a fibrous Begonia, with a strongly branched, mounding growth habit. It can tollerate short periods of drought, but does not enjoy cold; a hard freeze may kill it, transforming this perennial into a warm-weather annual.

Begonia semperflorens (Begonia ‘Cocktail’ Series)

Life: Perennial to Annual

 

 

Size: 8″

 

 

Light: Full Sun to Bright Shade

 

 

Water: Moderately Moist, Well-Drained, Somewhat Drought Tolerant Once Established

 

 

Soil: Rich

 

One of the best known bronze-leaved varieties of Begonia series. They are a hardy line, bushy, well branched, easy to grow, and will bloom early and with profusion. From spring until frost, large quantities of red, pink, or white flowers are set against the brilliantly contrasting color of the leaves. Depending on the winter, they may be annual or perennial. If the cold does not get them, they should be pruned back hard in the spring, similar to the way frost would naturally nip the branches, and then fed a balanced fertilizer to promote growth. If this is done, they can grow a little larger than 8″, but still not too large for a nice pot.

Begonia semperflorens (Begonia ‘Party’ Series)

Life: Perennial to Annual

 

 

Size: 12″

 

 

Light: Full Sun to Bright Shade

 

 

Water: Moderately Moist, Well-Drained, Somewhat Drought Tolerant Once Established

 

 

Soil: Rich

 

A vigorous, prolific bloomer with large flowers in either white, pink, or red, and either green or bronze leaves. It grows a bit larger than most Begonia series and is able to take more sun, even the green-leafed plants. Excellent for containers, mass landscape plantings, or color at the back of borders. It will bloom from spring until frost.

Begonia semperflorens (Begonia ‘Senator’ Series)

Life: Annual

 

 

Size: 12″

 

 

Light: Shade to Partial Sun

 

 

Water: Moist, Well-Drained

 

 

Soil: Rich, Mildy Acidic

 

An early repeat bloomer, this series has a well-branched growth habit and dark leaves to accent its flowers, which come in Scarlet, Deep Rose, Rose, Pink, White, or a White and Pink Bicolor. We also offer them in a mix. They are weather-resistant and prefer shade, but will tollerate partial sun with extra moisture.

Begonia semperflorens (Begonia ‘Super Olympia’ Series)

Life: Perennial to Annual

 

 

Size: 6-8″

 

 

Light: Bright Shade or Filtered Sun

 

 

Water: Moderately Moist, Well-Drained, Somewhat Drought Tolerant Once Established

 

 

Soil: Rich

 

One of the most widely grown green leaf cultivars, ‘Super Olympia’ replaced the original ‘Olympia’ line with larger, more brightly colored flowers, more uniform growth, and an earlier bloom time. They can be planted in pots, hanging baskets, or the ground, but protect them from direct midday sun, particularly in summer, as this can burn the foliage. Though technically an annual, our winters are mild enough that they are often root-hardy. Sometimes, they may not be frozen back at all; if this happens, a good, hard late winter or early spring pruning will encourage fresh growth for the new year. Flowers come in red, pink, white, and rose.

Begonia sp. (‘Boomer’)

Life: Perennial

 

 

Size: 18-36″

 

 

Light: Bright Shade

 

 

Water: Moist, Well-Drained

 

 

Soil: Some Sand to Clay Loam

 

A large-growing, thick-stemmed variety with fine red hairs. The bronzy-green leaves are large, round, and heavily textured. Like most thick-stemmed types, it does not branch much but will send up new growth from the base, dropping the older leaves to reveal the stems. It will produce sprays of small white flowers on the ends of these stems each spring. Great for containers, it can be grown indoors in bright indirect light or outdoors on a shady patio. Protect from freezing.

Begonia tuberosa (Begonia ‘Go-Go’ Series)

Life: Perennial

 

 

Size: 10-12″

 

 

Light: Bright Shade or Partial Shade

 

 

Water: Moderately Moist, Well-Drained

 

 

Soil: Rich

 

This series of tuberous Begonias makes excellent container plants, indoors or out, in pots or hanging baskets, as well as in the ground. They are small, upright, and tightly bushy, and have fleshy, jagged leaves with a point in glossy shades of dark to medium green. The flowers are extremely showy, being three inches across, semi-double, in a variety of colors from red to pink to yellow, and are produced nonstop during cooler weather from fall to spring. They are produced in clusters of three, with two smaller female blooms and one larger and showier male bloom. Protect them from freezing.