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Begonia masoniana AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Houseplant or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H1b (heated greenhouse - subtropical)

Colour

Flower

White and Pale Green in Summer

Foliage

Green and Dark Brown 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

5-10 years


Preferred common name

Iron Cross 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. masoniana is a rhizomatous evergreen perennial to 45cm, with large, ovate, rough-textured green leaves, marked in the centre with a dark brown cross-like zone. Small greenish-white flowers in erect panicles

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow under glass or in a frost-free enviroment. Mainly grown for foliage effect

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed, leaf cuttings or sections of rhizome

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Sub-tropical 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