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Has anyone grown the Beaucoup White Begonia yet? I just picked up two plants and the flowers are a pretty white w/pale peach pastel color. Tag says Begonia boliviensis hybrid, 12-18"H x 12-18"W. Just wondering how they performed for you.
That's a new one to me. I like it but have never seen it before. I really like boliviensis. There are some nice hybrids now. I can't find one around here this year. One of our local nurseries told me that one of their big growers had a complete crop failure; some kind of fungus in his greenhouse. Last year everyone had flats of them. I love orange flowers but some of the new hybrids have dark foliage which is nice too.
Let us know how it works out for you. Do you overwinter them? I keep some in the basement in their original pots just cut back the foliage and water lightly maybe once a month (if I remember). I had three survive but once they started to sprout a chipmunk bit them off. They are re sprouting and are protected now. Last year I had a couple that I kept get to be good sized plants.
Hi killdawabbit, so far, Beaucoup begonia is not performing for me as well as I had thought it would. I had to remove both plants from a larger container that was in direct sunlight and ended up putting one in a pot on the picnic table (which is under an umbrella) and the other in a combo pot that is still unfortunately in more sun than is needed. I lost alot of shade when we had a pine tree removed last year.
Anyway, the shaded plant is doing better with dark green leaves. The one in the sun is struggling, mostly my fault, b/c of poor choice in combo planting (coleus) and location. I just had nowhere else to put it.
Here's a pic of the one kept on the table. It's doing okay but I was hoping it would be bigger (like a dragonwing/angelwing type begonia).
It's beautiful. Thanks for the pic. I had never heard of the Beaucoups. I ordered Beaucoup Rose this morning. I wonder if they will be tuberous like boliviensis? I hope so. So far I have successfully overwintered boliviensis indoors for about 3 years now and the tubers are huge.
I've been keeping them in an unheated room near a window facing south. Sometimes they go dormant and sometimes they keep growing. I think it depends on how much water you give them.
I was very late repotting mine this year. Usually at this time I have branches hanging down about 2 feet.
Very nice kill. I have overwintered mine for 3 years now too. I trim them back before a hard frost and then put them (in their pots or baskets) in an unheated room in my cellar,with only a small basement window for light. The rest of the stems will drop off and I water maybe 3 or 4 times during the winter. At some point in the spring I notice sprouts and bring them out and repot them. Even if I don't see sprouts, I pot them up. I have only lost one and it was to over watering while they were dormant. I don't have the room to keep them growing all winter but I did try once and they ended up going dormant anyway. This is truly the "no care" method for these guys.