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Begonia 'Burle Marx' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse or Houseplant

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H1b (heated greenhouse - subtropical)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Brown and Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

begonia 'Burle Marx'

Family

Begoniaceae


Begonia can be annuals, evergreen or deciduous perennials or shrubs, with fibrous, tuberous or rhizomatous roots and usually asymmetrical leaves, often strikingly patterned, and small or large flowers, both male and female in the same cluster

'Burle Marx' is a rhizomatous perennial to 75cm, with handsome green or brown-tinged leaves to 15cm in length, glossy and warty on upper surface; small white flowers in panicles are held above the leaves

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Under glass grow in light, well-drained loam-based or loam-less potting compost in bright filtered light with shade from hot sun at an optimum of 19 °C. Water moderately when in growth and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser at alternative waterings. Keep barely moist over winter

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by leaf cuttings or sections of rhizome

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be attacked by caterpillars, mealybugs, thrips and vine weevils

Diseases

May be subject to powdery mildews, stem rot and rhizome rot