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Begonia 'Illumination Orange' (Illumination Series) (T/d)

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bedding, Houseplant or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Pendulous/Weeping

Colour

Flower

Orange in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

1-2 years


Preferred common name

begonia 'Illumination Orange'

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

Tuberhybrida begonias are bushy tuberous perennials with glossy leaves and usually double flowers in small clusters in summer; most are dormant in winter

'Illumination Orange' is a pendulous Tuberhybrida begonia with oval leaves and sprays of rosette-like, double, orange flowers 8cm across, in summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

  • East-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, well-drained, neutral to slightly acid soil in partial shade. Ideal for hanging baskets

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed or stem cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering

Pests

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

Diseases

Susceptible to grey moulds, powdery mildews and stem rot