Miniature Begonia
Begonia 'Fiji Islands'

Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Fiji Islands
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Classification:

Rhizomatous

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Bloom Time:

Mid Winter

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Chartreuse/Yellow

Burgundy

Bronze-Green

Smooth-Textured

Veined

Succulent

Rubbery-Textured

Other details:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Calistoga, California

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Sep 5, 2006, begoniacrazii from Northern California, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Begonia 'Fiji Islands' is a small rhizomatous begonia. Introduced from Australia, it is a sport of Begonia 'Cathedral' (a seedling of b. erythrophylla). The rhizomes are mutated and are 'fused'. It has been said that 'Fiji Islands' will not propagate true with a leaf cutting. Rhizome cuttings are purportedly the only way to get a true clone.

I've grown this small begonia for quite a while and it's a perfect house guest. Not demanding and stays compact. Content to sit in my south-west window behind a pleated shade.