I bought this Begonia about 2 months ago and it just had a label in it that said Rhizomatous Begonia, nothing about the amount of sun or light, water etc. I've looked and looked at different Begonia's on the internet and found one that said Rex Begonia that looked a lot like this one but I thought Rex Begonia's were small ... this plant has larger leaves than any Rex I've ever seen ... but, LOL maybe I haven't seen a lot of Rex's. I bought this plant because I fell for the shape and color of the leaves and I sure would like to know more about it's care and culture so I can keep it alive ... the few Rex's I've bought over the years have died quickly under my care.
I'm hoping some of you Begonia Pro's will have some advice for me on how to care for this one. I have a couple of photo's.
It is the new 'Gryphon' - probably the hottest begonia making the circles now. Home Depot had dozens of them today as well as a couple of the local nurseries. I bought one from Taylors a couple of months ago and the color is so different under lights versus the ones I saw today (I did buy the one at Home Depot too - much larger for less).
hcmcdole...that is a beautiful tray of begonias. Have the plants in the tray been covered for awhile? I am always careful to try and give them good circulation and some space but mine never look as good as yours. It must be the humidity. Next winter I need to work on that for their stay inside. Your Gryphon looks very different from the photo on Taylors website. The colors are fantastic.
Those begonias have not been covered at all. Just ran out of shelf space so I put the five from Kartuz and the ten from Taylor's in the same pan after I moved them all up to six oz cups. They will be going outside any day now where they will get lots of room to grow.
Yes I was amazed at the colors of this Gryphon and the separation of the leaflets compared to others I've seen on the web and now seeing around town. I will take a picture of my other one today and post it.
begoniadude: I don't grow many Gesneriads anymore ... have maybe three or four Chirita's and that's about it.
hcmcdole: Wow, that's a beautiful pot full of Begonia's you have there! Thanks so much for the name of my Begonia. I will google and see if I can find information regarding proper care ... was wondering if it could be planted outside? It won't survive over winter I know but I'm wondering how much sun it can take ... if any.
Well, of all the begonias i received from Taylor's a few weeks ago, poor Gryphon has declined and is sadly on it's way out. Drat, that was the one I most wanted. The other 9 plants I ordered at the same time are doing very well, most of them have already doubled in size.
I was at a local nursery two weeks ago and they had at least a hundred Gryphon seed grown plants. They were very small young plants and they did look pretty uniform in color. I realize this is only one example but it was a large sample of seed grown Gryphon plants. Size at that point was fairly uniform.
I have begonias that come back after freezes. They rode into the garden as a hitchhiker with a different plant i bought. I left them and after the first winter I thought they wouldn't come back but they have come back every year.