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Begonia is a large, diverse genus with over 1,600 distinct species featuring a wide variety of leaf structures, colours and textures and a huge range of varied flowers in many different shades. Begonias come in many varying forms with bushy attractive foliage and extremely vivid flower colours. They can be grown outdoors in cooler climates, but are also great indoor plants. In warmer climates, they can be grown in shady areas. The flowers are edible and add interest to many dishes.
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Harvest the divided tubers during the dormant period (winter) and replant in the spring.
Division of the tubers during the dormant period (winter) and replant in the spring. Space the plants 15 cm apart from each other.
Take softwood cuttings of about 10cm and root in a glass of water.
They work very well once planted in hanging baskets and containers.
Flowers come in extremely vivid colours, except in blue and green. Red, white, pinks and purple are most common.
The ancestors of the common hybrids originate from the slopes of the Andes.
Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Purple, Red, Multicoloured, White, Pink
Aphids, spider mites, scale and snout beetles may attack this plant. A simple cure is to spray the affected areas with a little dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle (make routine sprays if the pests are persistent). Prevent powdery mildew by spraying with a registered fungicide.