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Begonia x-semperflorens (Bedding begonia, Wax begonia)

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Plant description

begonia semperflorens bedding begonia 1208(1)

begonia semperflorens bedding begonia 1208

Begonia semperflorens, the bedding begonia, is a popular small, perennial flowering plant. It is usually treated as an annual in the garden, where it flowers reliably from spring through summer, to autumn, on compact, rounded plants. It flowers profusely, from white, pink and red, and also attractive bi-coloured combinations. There are dark leaved varieties, which contrast well with other plants and with the flowers. The waxy leaves help them to resist dry periods. Good for massed plantings, for spotting in between other plants, or for container growing.

Grows well in average to fertile soils, in full sun to partial shade. Tolerates hot and humid summers well, but can be subject to fungal growth such as powdery mildew on the leaves with long wet periods.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: white, pink, red
Flowering season: spring summer autumn

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.4 metres
Minimum height: 0.1 metres

Maximum width: 0.3 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Insects.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Diseases

Powdery mildew

Pests

Aphids, mites

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Spring.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

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