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Begonia 'Olympia Starlet' (Olympia Series) (S)

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Characteristics

Plant type

Annual/Biennial or Bedding

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

old H1+3 (required heated glass; may be grown outside in summer)

Colour

Flower

Pink and White in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

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 'Olympia Starlet'

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

Semperflorens-Cultorum begonias are fibrous-rooted evergreen perennials, much used for summer bedding, with rounded, often attractively coloured leaves, and sprays of single or double flowers 1-2.5cm across in summer or throughout the year

'Olympia Starlet' is a compact plant with rounded glossy green leaves and yellow-eyed white flowers, flushed pink beneath

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

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