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Wax Begonia

English Name

Begonia Semperflorens

Scientific Name

Description

Begonias are popular Summer bedding plants with green or chocolate brown glossy leaves. These plants produce a remarkable display of bloom and are trouble-free. They are equally happy in sun or shade.

Brazil

Origin

Begoniaceae

Family

45°F - 79°F

Temperature (°F)

70°F - 75°F

Germination Temperature (°F)

15 days - 2 months

Germination Period

6" - 1'

Height (feet/inches)

6" - 8"

Spacing (feet/inches)

Half-Hardy Annual

Life Cycle

Flower

Type

Summer & Autumn

Seasons

None

Fragrance

Colors

Watering

Waterings should be given when compost is dry.

Feeding

Feed every 3rd watering with high potash fertilizer.

Repotting

When flowering stops, cut back and re-pot in peat based compost.

Germination

Sow seeds on surface in seed and cutting compost. Do not cover seed tray and keep it in light to germinate. Not all seeds will germinate at once.

Propagation

Begonia Semperflorens can be raised from seeds or from cuttings in Spring. Take 3-6 inches long cuttings taken from shoots near the base of the plant. Cut with a sharp knife between 2 nodes. Remove the lower 2 or 3 leaves and insert the cutting to about half its length into a mixture of equal parts of sharp sand and moss peat. They root in 3-4 weeks. Stem cuttings can also be rooted in water.

Cultivation

Begonia Semperflorens will bloom all year round if it is in the right place. The flowers can be double or single. When grown outdoors as bedding plant, it can be potted up before first frost of Autumn and brought indoors as houseplant in Winter.

Pruning

Be careful not to remove flower buds when pruning.

Care

When they are seedlings, they need good light but not full sun. When they are plants keep in full sun and well watered. Normal room temperatures are suitable for actively growing plants. They suffer in dry air. Pinch back new stem tips to keep it bushy.

Decorate

On windowsills or in the garden.

Humidity

Light overhead spray during Spring to early Autumn. Keep plant on wet pebbles.



Did you know?

The world's tallest-growing tree is the coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), which grows along the Pacific Coast of the United States, mainly in California. Interestingly enough, it's not the world's oldest-growing tree; that award goes to a bristlecone pine (Pinus aristata).