Hello everybody !!! I have admired begonias for quite sometime and my friend has some gorgeous plants but he also has a sizable backyard and varying degrees of shade. I would love to grow mini and or compact begonias if possible alongside my african violets. I'm planning on adding a 3 tier shelf with lights to my room to increase my collection. Any suggestions as far as vendors and varieties will be welcome.
All of his are big plants like gorgeous big leaves some amazing angel wing begonias as well as cane begonias but too big to grow them indoors. What I want is small to miniatures that won't get bigger than standard size African Violets. I will however look and see what he has that's smallish.
You can keep begonias small by constraining them in small pots (like bonsai).
Here is an example of different pot sizes with B. 'Black Coffee'. The smallest one is in a 2 oz rinse cup and it lived for 3 to 4 years in this little cup. I think I finally lost it when it stayed too wet one summer.
Thank you everybody for you comments and input. I went to Rob's Violets and since I've had such good experience with his AVs I went ahead and ordered some gorgeous plants that should be shipping next Monday. This will be my Christmas present to myself. Here is the list;
Five and Dime
masoniana Iron Cross
Winkys Chocolate Chip