Begonia 'Silver Spirit'
Begonia rex 'Silver Spirit'
Also known as
Painted-Leaf Begonia 'Silver Spirit'
3 years to reach maturity
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Begonia 'Silver Spirit' Overview
Begonia 'Silver Spirit' lies in the Rex Cultorum Horticultural Group, a grouping that contains rhizomatous hybrids and cultivars with attractive leaf colourations, that have been bred from the species Begonia rex. This evergreen perennial cultivar typically grows to around 60cm tall, producing large, oval foliage which can be up to 30cm long. Its leaves are brightly coloured metallic silver with attractive darker marking on the edges and pink colouration in a star shape, lined with dark red-purple colouration, in the centre of the textured leaves. Leaves have roughly toothed margins. Frequently grown indoors as a houseplant for its striking foliage, this plant suits container growing. It has a bushy habit and is frost tender, so it is recommended to keep above freezing temperatures, and plant in a position of partial sunlight, in moist well-draining soil for optimal growth.
Common problems with Begonia 'Silver Spirit'
A simple cure for some of these insects is to spray the affected areas with a little dishwashing liquid, mixed with water, in a spray bottle (make routine sprays if the pests are persistent). Prevent powdery mildew by spraying with a registered fungicide.
How to harvest Begonia 'Silver Spirit'
Generally not harvested.
How to propagate Begonia 'Silver Spirit'
Leaf cuttings: cut a healthy leaf in early summer. Starting at the base of the leaf and using the veins as a guide, cut the leaf into triangular sections, ensuring the central veins stay intact. Insert the tip of each section into compost, ensuring the main vein is in contact with the growing medium and the leaf is upright. Keep covered and place on a bright windowsill where the temperature remains between 16 to 27°C. Roots should appear within two months. Take softwood cuttings of about 10 cm and root in a glass of water.
Divide Begonia rhizomes in early spring just as the plant starts to put on more growth. Make sure each section has one or more growing points and replant straight away.
Special features of Begonia 'Silver Spirit'
Attractive, brightly coloured foliage.