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hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 14, 2010
10:42 AM

Post #8039393

B. 'Lotusland' is my largest leaf begonia.

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hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 14, 2010
10:43 AM

Post #8039394

B. 'Freddie' is quite large.

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hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 14, 2010
10:43 AM

Post #8039396

B. 'Red Fred' is a sport of B. 'Freddie' so it should be as large.

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hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 14, 2010
10:44 AM

Post #8039397

B. 'Red Umbo' is a giant.

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hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 14, 2010
10:45 AM

Post #8039400

B. 'Challenger' is not only a giant leaf but also some of the biggest, longest petioles as well.

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hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 14, 2010
10:45 AM

Post #8039403

B. 'Caribbean King' is not as large a leaf but can be a giant plant.

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hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 14, 2010
10:46 AM

Post #8039405

B. 'Caribbean Queen' can actually get larger than the King.

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hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 14, 2010
10:47 AM

Post #8039407

B. 'Selph's Mahogany' has some dark leaves and can be quite big. This is not my biggest one but is easier to get to.

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hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 14, 2010
10:47 AM

Post #8039408

B. 'Holley Moon' has leaves approaching 'Lotusland'

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hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 14, 2010
10:49 AM

Post #8039412

B. parvifolia looks like it should get to be a huge begonia. It is tall growing too (not a rhizomatous)

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hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 14, 2010
10:52 AM

Post #8039419

B. gigantea isn't all that big.

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hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 14, 2010
10:54 AM

Post #8039422

Now to compare big leaves here is Alocasia 'Thai Giant' which was a baby plant just 3 months ago.

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hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 14, 2010
10:55 AM

Post #8039423

And one big flower - Hibiscus 'Fireball'

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patootie
Jacksonville, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 15, 2010
11:07 PM

Post #8042462

Beautiful leaves Butch. I'm partial to the large leaf Begonia's too.
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 16, 2010
7:00 AM

Post #8042828

Jackie, they do make a statement. My Maggie Nodal hasn't done much growing this year so I didn't include it. It probably would benefit by moving it to a larger container and fresh soil.
MaryEv
Columbus, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 16, 2010
11:14 AM

Post #8043371

Wow - they are amazing! I guess I've never seen any of the big leaves!
dbsmith2
Amsterdam, NY
(Zone 5a)

August 16, 2010
4:48 PM

Post #8043891

What happens in the winter? Do they defoliate?
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 16, 2010
6:25 PM

Post #8044088

Some do but most keep their leaves all winter. I just remove the older ugly ones which may be fine for propagation too.
candela
Miami, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 1, 2010
1:20 PM

Post #8074916

wow those are some massive leaves.

this is b. pomponeii i think. this is about one of the biggest i have.

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candela
Miami, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 1, 2010
1:30 PM

Post #8074923

this one is my favorite

did you get the lotusland form PHOE?

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MaryEv
Columbus, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 2, 2010
11:59 AM

Post #8076666

Where on earth do you buy these large leaved Begonia? I have never seen anything like them. They are amazing!

Also, if B. parvifolia isn't rhizomatous, what is it?
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 3, 2010
5:28 AM

Post #8077819

Thanks for sharing those pictures Candela. The last one (nelumbiifolia) can get HUGE! At Fairchild Gardens I saw one in the conservatory that had to be two feet across!

I got Lotusland at the 2007 L.A. Convention at Mike Flaherty's store - The Gazebo and split the cost with another woman from Florida. I gave her the biggest piece and I took a rhizome with one leaf. Lost mine in the winter. Two years later at the West Palm Beach convention the woman propagated me a new one so I successfully got this one through the winter this past year. It is a bit hard to propagate for me but I finally got a couple to root and grow.

Mary, you can buy the large leaf begonias from mail order places such as eBay, Taylor Greenhouses, Palm Hammock Orchid Estates, Kartuz, and maybe a couple of others. The best way to obtain them is to visit nurseries in person and attend conventions. B. parvifolia was purchased on eBay a few years ago for example and is either a thick stem or a shrub/cane. Here is a picture of one in its entirety and this is not my largest one (it seems like the newer shoots from the ground become larger than the older canes). B. 'Art Hodes' is the one sprawling around the base of this begonia.




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MaryEv
Columbus, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 3, 2010
7:37 AM

Post #8078056

Wow, do you have a greenhouse to overwinter, or do they do okay outside in your zone? I've accumulated a few small rhizomatous this summer and have no idea where I'm going to put them when all the plants have to be brought inside in a few weeks.

I have never seen these huge-leaved Begonias, before. I'll say it again, WOW! :)

Edited to add...on second thought, maybe I have seen the large leaved varieties, at least in pictures, and never realized they were so big because I never saw anything next to them for scale. Thank you for putting your hand on the leaves so I could get an idea of the size!!!


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hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 3, 2010
8:45 AM

Post #8078186

I bring mine into the basement for winter. I run about 80 shoplights and will add six more this fall. It's like a jungle in winter.

I used to put some big begonias in BIG pots (18 inch) but stopped that since it takes up a lot of space and was too easy to overwater.

Here is my Caribbean Queen five years ago in an 18 inch pot.

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EFGeorgia1
Lizella, GA
(Zone 8a)

September 7, 2010
5:55 PM

Post #8086150

WOW!!! those are some BIG ones.
Soooo, now you just put them in smaller pots? And repot them in the spring?
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 14, 2010
2:19 PM

Post #8099123

I try to limit the size to 12 inches max except Lotusland which is still in an 18 inch pot. I like the big sizes but moving them in and out and potting down and up is too much work.

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EFGeorgia1
Lizella, GA
(Zone 8a)

September 15, 2010
5:52 PM

Post #8101247

Whew,,, yes, hard on the back.. LOL
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 16, 2010
8:33 AM

Post #8102120

Holley Moon in a 12 inch pot. Hard to imagine if it was in an 18 inch one.

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patootie
Jacksonville, AR
(Zone 7b)

September 16, 2010
10:55 AM

Post #8102366

Butch, I sure didn't realize Holley Moon was such a big Begonia, very pretty.
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 16, 2010
11:53 AM

Post #8102440

Jackie, I have to shoot that begonia sideways since

1) I can't use my widest angle lens - communication error with the camera
2) I have big pots blocking access to the front of it. I use the big pots to help keep the dogs out of this area.

Here is one of the big pots full of coleus to block access. You can see Holley Moon a little bit in the background.

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patootie
Jacksonville, AR
(Zone 7b)

September 16, 2010
12:34 PM

Post #8102487

Great idea to block the plants from your large dogs. Love the Coleus.
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 26, 2010
12:55 AM

Post #8121398

Holley Moon two days ago showing some of the rhizomes.

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hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 26, 2010
12:56 AM

Post #8121399

Red Umbo with freebie green form heracleifolia. These are in a 15 inch pot but looks like they could be moved up again.

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hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 26, 2010
12:57 AM

Post #8121400

Broad view of some of the begonias with Lotusland dominating the landscape.

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begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 26, 2010
7:24 AM

Post #8121668

Is that U309 near the end of the path with a red center caladium next to it? WOW the leaf is huge. I have them in terrarium only here - 6 or 7" leaves is all I can get.
Your begonias look GREAT!
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 26, 2010
8:36 AM

Post #8121792

Hey eagle eye. Yes that is U309. I have to water it almost every day. It is kind of ragged now from falling debris. Here is an earlier picture of it this summer.

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hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 26, 2010
11:22 AM

Post #8122002

The back of U309 with the sun shining through the front makes it look like an entirely different plant.

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patootie
Jacksonville, AR
(Zone 7b)

September 26, 2010
11:41 AM

Post #8122032

Gorgeous Begonia Butch
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 27, 2010
7:31 AM

Post #8123606

It's one of my favs! Love the reverse shot! I have to treat it like a delicate rex here, hence the terrarium.

Hey, I'm looking for a cane called 'Amelia' if you have it or know of someone who does. It's one of Paul's hybrids - he lost his and is looking to replace it.

We're starting the wind-down here, fall is in the air , time to migrate begonias back into the greenhouse and inside. And though it's been in the high 80's low 90's this last week, the nights are pretty chilly.
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 27, 2010
8:38 AM

Post #8123718

Thanks Jackie. It has done exceptionally nice this summer. In the past I had it in a 16 inch plastic salad bowl. Then it went into steep decline so I moved it outside this summer and it grew like gangbusters.

Laurie, have you checked Taylor GH for Amelia? Kartuz? I do not have it.

I will start moving begonias in mid next month through November. I have the club coming the second weekend in Oct so things will stay outside for that.

Here is U309 in the old terrarium (lid on)

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hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 27, 2010
8:41 AM

Post #8123720

Lid off.

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begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 27, 2010
9:14 AM

Post #8123771

wow! Looks great in it's bowl and outside!

Thanks for the idea to check out both Taylor and Kartuz, sadly neither have it.

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dbsmith2
Amsterdam, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 27, 2010
3:55 PM

Post #8124533

I think I have it. Came unnamed, but it looks like Amelia to me. If it stops raining, I'll take a picture of it.
dbsmith2
Amsterdam, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 27, 2010
4:03 PM

Post #8124547

Here's a picture from '08:

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begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 28, 2010
6:55 AM

Post #8125606

Thanks for taking the picture, I'll send the photo link along to Paul and see if it's a match!
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 1, 2010
5:35 AM

Post #8131132

I got close ups of several leaves a couple of days ago. I tried to focus on the center of the leaf and major veins. When I downloaded the pictures I found this one to be rather fascinating.

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hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 1, 2010
5:36 AM

Post #8131135

Same picture only cropped for the interesting bug.

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looking_glass1
College Park, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 1, 2010
8:28 AM

Post #8131425

That bug looks transparent. Great shot.
EFGeorgia1
Lizella, GA
(Zone 8a)

October 2, 2010
8:01 PM

Post #8134075

ooooo, so pretty all of them. Not sure about that bug, though.. Can't tell if he has a mouth that chews up leaves...lol Hopefully he eats aphids and white flies!
Plants4myPots
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 19, 2011
7:39 AM

Post #8318749

hcmcdole, that broad shot of your backyard is absolutely amazing!

dbsmith2, WHAT is that amazing container grouping made up of?! Those polka dotted leaves are so cool, and look great with the little green variegated plant!
bigoldbuck701
Williston, ND

January 19, 2011
11:33 AM

Post #8319088

wow i have a lot to learn had no idea they can get that big,i know not every one will but nice to know there are large growers,

JIM
plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

July 17, 2011
7:36 AM

Post #8697355

hcmcdole, you have a beautiful collection of Rx Begonias.
Some I had no idea existed.

I have only one which I watch constantly. I have not fertilized it since I don't know what to use. It is indoors, but would love to put it outdoors if it won't die.

Any tips in growing would be greatly appreciated.
plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

July 17, 2011
7:40 AM

Post #8697361

I have the evergreen strawberry begoinia if you are interested.

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