Forgive me if I posted this before. I have had a few bad days because I lost my constant companion Barney, my 14 year old Jack Russell. I was about to post some things last Friday when this all came about and I can not for the life of me remember if and where I posted it.
I was so excited to see flowers on these little ones that I could not resist taking their picture. The stock plant has never bloomed and I have been selling these, praying they would bloom ...thank God, they did. You just never know in this business.
That is so sweet of you, thank you for your kind words. Barney was very special. His picture is on my website if you would like to see him. www.Jbsbirdsandmore.com
Believe me, I was not sure I was ever going to see the color of these begonias. It does not surprise me they are pink. Is it my imagination or are there many many pink begonias? I had a white and an orange but I am not sure what happened to them. The pink seem to survive the longest.
Flicker, I don't know the name of that one. I bought it locally and have never found a name for it.
JBerger, you can do a few things to get fuller cane begonias - start by cutting back the scraggly ones to force new growth from the roots, propagate the tops and add them back to the orginal pot. (Check Brad's Begonia site for his tips) The other method is to pinch the growing tips out of the top (when you decide it is tall enough) - supposedly this will force the side buds to grow. Continue pinching through the growing season. This is how the best cane grower (The Pridgens) get all the top awards at the national conventions.
Here is just one of their fabulous canes at the West Palm Beach Convention. This is B. 'Lucerna'
They are just so massive and elegant. I am so bad when it comes to keeping them in good shape and so beautiful Maybe it is because I keep cutting them for staters. LOL Thanks for sharing those pics. They are great,.