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Wax Begonia Flower Description

Wax Begonia and other begonias are cultivated as annual plants for summer flower beds, containers and hanging baskets. These plants reach heights of 15 to 24cm and come in a range of colours including white, pinks and reds. Begonias flower from early summer to mid autumn, or until the first hard frosts arrive.

The leaves of the begonia plant are shiny and are green, bronze or even purple. Wax begonias can be lifted in autumn and brought indoors. The will continue to bloom if sited in a bright position.

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Cultivation of Begonia Plants

Begonia seeds should be sown in late winter to early spring under glass at a temperature of 16 degrees Celsius. Seedlings should be pricked out into potting compost in plant boxes.

Begonia Flowers

The seedlings should be hardened off in flower beds or containers in the late spring. The plants should be set between 20 to 25cm apart from each other.

Begonias should be sited in a sunny position in moist, rich, and well-drained soil.

Popular Varieties of Begonia

The following lists some popular varieties of Begonia.

Viva White flowers, dark green foliage

Wide variety of colours, deep bronze foliage, compact in stature

Cocktail White, pink, red, deep bronze leaves
Coco Mix Wide variety of colours, bronze leaves
Danica Red

Russet red, bronze foliage

New Generation White, pink, salmon, red, scarlet, green & bronze leaves
Stara White, pink, red, bright green leaves

Begonia Pests and Diseases

Most varieties of Begonia are susceptible to a powdery mildew on leaves and stems.

Height 15 - 23cm

Begonia - Scientific Classification

Planting distance: 20 to 25cm Kingdom Plantae
Flowers from early summer until first frost Order Cucurbitales
Rich, moist & Well-drained soil Family Begoniaceae
Sunny or light shade position Genus Begonia
Half hardy annual    
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Begonia Forget-me-Not Pelargonium Sweet Alyssum
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Busy Lizzie Gladiolus Phlox Tulip
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