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Begonia foliosa var. miniata AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse or Houseplant

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H1b (heated greenhouse - subtropical)

Colour

Flower

Pink or Red in Winter

Foliage

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

5-10 years


Preferred common name

fuchsia begonia

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

B. foliosa var. miniata is a bushy branching perennial to 60cm with small, rich glossy green leaves and pendulous, fuchsia-like pink or red flowers 3cm across

Synonym(s)

  • Begonia fuchsioides var. miniata
  • Begonia miniata

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow outdoors in well-drained humus-rich, neutral to acidic soil. Grow in good but not direct light in a frost-free area. Under glass grow in well drained loam-less or loam-based compost. Will not tolerate water logging

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed, stem tip or leaf cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Mediterranean Climate Plants 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