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PlantFiles: 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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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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


Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)
Scarlet (Dark Red)
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter

Grown for foliage

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

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

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral JefeQuicktech 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 MusaRojo 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 cdave 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 Sis 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
before or just after the first frost,then
store them in a frost-free place.

Beautiful in shaded beds and borders and hang
ing baskets.


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
Fort Worth, Texas
Chesterfield, Virginia
Portsmouth, Virginia

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