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plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 30, 2011
2:57 PM

Post #8530729

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.

#1 Whole Plant:



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plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 30, 2011
2:58 PM

Post #8530730

Photo #2 Close up of new leaf, reddish in color:

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begoniadude
Irving, TX

April 30, 2011
6:01 PM

Post #8531092

That is a beautiful plant. TIred of gessies? It looks a little like benitocheba.
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

April 30, 2011
6:17 PM

Post #8531120

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).

Here is the one from Taylor's (right hand side)

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Shifty
Rochester, NY
(Zone 5b)

May 1, 2011
5:27 AM

Post #8531747

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.
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

May 1, 2011
7:05 AM

Post #8531914

Hey Shifty,

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.

ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

May 1, 2011
8:04 AM

Post #8532079

I thought it might be Gryphon, I just ordered one (and a few others, LOL) from Taylor's yesterday. I hope mine looks as good as the ones pictured. What incredible colors and shapes on those leaves.
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 1, 2011
8:08 AM

Post #8532103

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.

Thanks again!
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

May 2, 2011
12:13 PM

Post #8534819

I think you may be surprised at how tough begonias are. For zone 9, there are lots of folks who grow them in the ground and perhaps providing a frost blanket for those sub freezing nights.

Here is the one I bought from HD this weekend. Not as nice looking as the Taylor's but both are labeled as the same plant. Time will tell if the smaller one will morph into the larger one.

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ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

May 16, 2011
8:14 AM

Post #8566678

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.
killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

May 16, 2011
3:29 PM

Post #8567637

I have already planted seeds of Gryphon. Does anyone think the seedlings will vary in color and size? I'm anxious to see.
Shifty
Rochester, NY
(Zone 5b)

May 16, 2011
3:46 PM

Post #8567681

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.
looking_glass1
College Park, GA
(Zone 7b)

May 16, 2011
6:29 PM

Post #8568005

Just had to have it. Well, I have two Gryphons from Taylor's coming tomorrow. Got the extra one for insurance. Looking forward to receiving them.
killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

May 17, 2011
9:28 AM

Post #8569209

Thanks, Shifty. I hope I am successful with mine so I can take some pics.
peony1066
Sugar Land, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 17, 2011
1:28 PM

Post #8569635

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.
killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

May 17, 2011
4:27 PM

Post #8570003

Pics please, Peony.
peony1066
Sugar Land, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 18, 2011
9:34 AM

Post #8571557

The original plant coming back from roots:

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peony1066
Sugar Land, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 18, 2011
9:35 AM

Post #8571559

a division of that same plant:

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peony1066
Sugar Land, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 18, 2011
9:36 AM

Post #8571562

a dragon wing that came back:

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peony1066
Sugar Land, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 18, 2011
9:37 AM

Post #8571567

My gryphon, which isn't as large as some seem to be getting, and which has not come back from the roots after freezing:



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killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2011
10:32 AM

Post #8571667

Wow, peony, those are very pretty begonias. Especially Gryphon. I can't wait to see mine get that big. They haven't even sprouted yet. :-p
What zone are you in?
peony1066
Sugar Land, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 18, 2011
12:13 PM

Post #8571860

Oh. I'm in 9a, in Texas. Thanks. I love the gryphon.
killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

July 20, 2011
8:27 AM

Post #8703594

Here's a pic my Gryphon seedlings. I hope they keep growing well and become like the big ones in the pics above.

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