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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 varied range of flower forms that come in many different - often vivid - shades. They can be grown outdoors in cooler climates, and are also great indoor plants. In warmer climates, they can be grown in shady areas. The flowers are edible and can 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.
Flowers come in extremely vivid colours, except in blue and green. Red, white, pinks and purple are most common.
They work very well when planted in hanging baskets and containers.
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, Orange
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, mixed with water, in a spray bottle (make routine sprays if the pests are persistent). Prevent powdery mildew by spraying with a registered fungicide.