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Begonia Party Series (S)

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bedding

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

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

Colour

Flower

Orange, Pink, Red and White in Summer

Foliage

Bronze and Dark Green in

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

1 year


Preferred common name

begonia Party Series

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

Party Series are bushy, upright plants to 30cm, with large, dark green or bronze leaves and white, pink, scarlet or crimson flowers 4cm across in summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

A Semperflorens begonia but taller and more open so more suitable for a container. The photo shows the cultivar 'Partydress' in this Series

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed, stem, tip or leaf 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

No pruning required

Pests

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

Diseases

May be infected by powdery mildews