Hybrid Tuberous Begonia
Begonia x tuberhybrida

Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Species: x tuberhybrida (too-ber-HY-brid-uh) (Info)
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Classification:

Tuberous

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 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

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Pink

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Red

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Coral/Apricot

Orange

Red-Orange

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow

Brown/Bronze

White/Near White

Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

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:

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

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 (2 reports)

San Jose, California

Lake City, Florida

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Sidney, Illinois

Fredonia, Kansas

Stonewall, Louisiana

Kennebunk, Maine

South Plainfield, New Jersey

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Dayton, Ohio

Elizabethton, Tennessee

Iron City, Tennessee

Fort Worth, Texas

Chesterfield, Virginia

Portsmouth, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
2
neutrals
0
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RatingContent
Neutral

On Dec 30, 2004, JefeQuicktech from Moorhead, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Very delicate. I actually believe they die when they just smell cold. However, they sure like a shady, warm spot in the summer here in the North Country. They just keep on blooming as long as they get lots of water.

Positive

On Jan 3, 2004, MusaRojo wrote:

This has proven to be an easy and reliable summer hanging basket plant for me. All it needs is soil, time-released fertilizer, and water. I live in Southern California, so I dont have a problem with powdery mildew. I understand this can be an issue in hot humid climates.

Positive

On Sep 27, 2002, cdave from Fort Gibson, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Tubers have stayed in ground and survived 3 winters now. They get 4 to 6 inches of mulch. After this experiment I would suggest lifting and starting indoors. These that overwinter in ground are slow to start and its often hot and dry by the time they are ready to bloom.

Neutral

On Aug 31, 2001, Sis wrote:

Hardy to Zone 10;elsewhere,grown as
annuals or stored indoors in winter.

Growing Guidelines: Buy thick tubers that
are 1 1/2inches(37-50mm)across. Start them
growing indoors about 4 weeks before your
last frost date.

Plant the tubers in pots of moist potting
soil with their pressed-in side up.Cover
them with 1/2inch(12mm)of potting soil. Give
developing plants plenty of bright light,and
keep the soil evenly moist.

Set plants out 18inches(45cm)apart when night
temperatures stay above 50deg.F(10deg.C). Water
and mulch to keep the soil evenly moist.

Fertilize several times during the season.

To keep tubers over the winter, lift them
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