Begonina x semperflorens-cultorum
annuals, tender perennials
spring and summer
12" to 18"
sun (if kept moist), partial shade to shade
average, well-drained soil
zones 8-11 depending on cultivar
late spring to fall
white, pink, red, salmon, orange and yellow; singe or double flowers
shiny bronze or green, wing-shaped, rounded leaves
seeds or cuttings
beds, mass plantings, borders, containers and hanging baskets
Starting annual begonias from seed can be difficult. You're better off buying them unless you need several dozen. If starting indoors, sow the tiny, dust-like seeds 4 to 6 months before you want to transplant them. Do not cover seeds, just broadcast them thinly over the surface and press them gently into the soil. Seeds need to be covered with glass or plastic and kept at temperatures between 60º and 70º F. Remove cover after germination and continue to keep soil moist. Seedling should be planted 12 inches apart. Leaf spot is an indicator that plants are too crowded.
The tiny, dust-like seed of wax begonias is available in a pellet form for easier handling.
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