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Begonia 'Ambassador Rose' (Ambassador Series) (S)

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bedding

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

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

Colour

Flower

Pink in Summer

Foliage

Green and Red 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 'Ambassador Rose'

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

'Ambassador Rose' is a free-flowering bedding begonia to 20cm, with glossy, red-edged green foliage and single pink flowers with yellow stamens, produced all summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

One of the few summer bedding subjects that tolerate shade, can be grown in sun but avoid direct sunlight. Provide a fertile, moist but well-drained soil.

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed or basal cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

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


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Can get caterpillars, mealybugs, tarsonemid mite, thrips, vine weevil and aphids

Diseases

May be infected by powdery mildews