Monday, October 22, 2007

Begonia Semperflorens-cultorum (Wax Begonia)

A profusion of white, pink or red flowers begin blooming in spring and continue well into the winter. Single- and double-flowered varieties are available. They are best treated as annuals and discarded when flowering has finished. Group them together in shallow containers or mix with colorful foliage plants in light, well-ventilated rooms.

Warm, sunny.

These plants never reach more than l foot in height when fully grown. They are offered for sale in spring as seedlings and for the rest of the year as mature plants.

Feed with standard liquid fertilizer every two weeks in spring and summer.

Repot as needed, perhaps two or three times during summer and autumn, using a mixture of half soil-based potting mixture and half leaf mold or coarse peat moss. If you don't want to move an older plant into a larger pot, topdress instead.

Special points
Protect from powdery mildew by supplying adequate ventilation.

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