Begonia x tuberhybrida

Scientific name: Begonia tuberhybrida


Common names: “Tuberous begonia”

Plant Type: Non-hardy perennial


Zone: 9-11

Light: Semi shade – deep shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Humus rich fertile soil

Moisture: Well drained average moisture


Plant Size: 1-1.5′ H & W

Leaf and Stem shape: Glossy patterned leaves

Flower: Showy cymes of 1 larger male flower and 2 smaller female flowers which should be removed

Maintenance: Medium – low, self-deadheading plant, can be cut back anywhere, can dig up tubers and overwinter indoors stored in vermiculite, replant tubers slightly tilted so water doesn’t pool, enjoys a fish fertilizer boost every 2 weeks during growing season

Landscape use: Flower beds, cottage gardens, containers and baskets

Propagate: By seed and cuttings

Pests & Disease: Powdery mildew, and weevil larvae who leave a rust coloured sawdust looking sign, which should be cut out of the tuber

*Attracts beneficial insects

Comments: Very showy colourful flowers and interesting shaped leaves, adds instant show


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