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Begonia 'Ricky Minter' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Houseplant or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H1b (heated greenhouse - subtropical)

Colour

Flower

Dark Pink in Summer

Foliage

Bronze and 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

2-5 years


Preferred common name

begonia 'Ricky Minter'

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

'Ricky Minter' is a rhizomatous begonia to 25cm, with dull olive-green rounded, lobed leaves with deeper markings, and small deep pink flowers

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