Hardy Taiwan Begonia
Begonia chitoensis

Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Species: chitoensis
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Classification:

Rhizomatous

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Blue-Green

Shiny/Glossy-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 rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From leaf cuttings

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

Calistoga, California

Washington, District Of Columbia

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jan 15, 2010, DCTropics from Washington, DC wrote:

Plants survived a winter in Washington, DC with a low of 8 degrees and only a light mulch of fallen leaves. Plants grew much larger in their second year. Large handsome leaves, but not spectacular. Very easy to propagate from leaf wedge cuttings.

Neutral

On Jan 26, 2006, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This rhizomatous species from Taiwan will form upright stems as it matures. It does propagate from seeds, because that is how it came to this country.