Begonia
Begonia 'Paul Hernandez'

Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Paul Hernandez
Hybridized by Worley
Registered or introduced: 1981
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Classification:

Shrub

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

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:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Herbaceous

Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:

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

Foliage Color:

Bronze-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

Regional

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

Hayward, California

San Francisco, California

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Santa Barbara, California

Miami, Florida

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Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
3
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Jun 23, 2012, KungFuGardener from Spring, TX wrote:

I live in the southern Texas area so maybe that's why mine keeps dying on me, I wonder if they can be grown indoors under fluorescent lights? If my new one that I just got flourishes I'll make a positive comment about it because I do like the plant a lot, I guess the plant just doesn't like the heat.

Neutral

On May 29, 2011, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

I'm giving it my second go with this huge Begonia...my first wasn't a very healthy plant- a barely rooted cutting that wobbled when planted and eventually was knocked over by cats. With few roots,it expired.
My second plant is much more robust,and I plan on using a good stake to secure it. Great look plants.
EDIT: Well,I killed the second try fast!..put it in bad potting soils that held too much water..it got root rot. BUT, by luck,when putting it in that pot I broke a small piece. Wouldn't you know it?..3 years later its a good sized plant,in ground. Much water,fertilizer gets you good results.

Positive

On Jul 23, 2008, begoniacrazii from Northern California, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Hardy in zone 9b. B. 'Paul Hernandez' takes the bests of both it's parents, the palmate leaf shape from seed parent B. luxurians and unusual bumpy leaf surface from pollen parent B. gehrtii. Grows large and occasionally falls over to root and grow along the ground.

Neutral

On Jan 15, 2006, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

A shrubby hybrid, this begonia roots easily from stem cuttings, but does not produce seeds. The beautiful pustulated (bumpy) leaf surface is shiny olive green.