Hardiness: USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) 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: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade Light Shade
Bloom Color: Pale Pink Pink Rose/Mauve Magenta (Pink-Purple) Red Scarlet (Dark Red) White/Near White
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: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing the rootball From herbaceous stem cuttings From softwood 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
Seed Collecting: Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
On Aug 31, 2005, KiMFDiM from Alden, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:
I purchased this plant at a local nursery for outdoor use in a pot. Just to experiment, I brought the pot in over the winter (Western New York State). The plant withered some over the winter, but came back 10 fold when I put it back outside in early summer this year. It literally exploded. Very happy with my success up here, and will be bringing it in again this winter. I kept it a little drier over winter and kept it in a south window.
On Jul 27, 2003, apprentice from Pismo Beach, CA wrote:
I received a begonia as a gift last year; its flowers are salmon-colored, and bloomed consistently for almost a year. Such happiness it's given me! It is in a terra cotta pot in a bright part of my house, although no direct sunlight. I've transplated it once as the plant grew. I find it is a very delicate plant, losing its tubers if overwatered, so care has to be taken not to water too much, and certainly not at the tubers! I'm now having trouble with what looks like yellow and white mushroom-like growths.
I live in Southwestern Ontario Canada and these little beauties seem to thrive in my clay based flower beds. They have been in bloom since mid April and last until well after the first frost here, mid October most years.
On Mar 14, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
The most common of all begonias; sold as bedding plants in all areas. Some of the many strains of begonia have colored foliage but flower colors are generally white, pink and red. They require a moist, well-drained, fertile soil. They grow in sun or shade, but diseases may be more of a problem in shade. Begonias with green foliage do better in the sun than bronze varieties.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Jones, Alabama Lake Purdy, Alabama Carlotta, California Chowchilla, California Clayton, California Glen Avon, California Martinez, California Rocklin, California San Leandro, California Brookfield, Connecticut Bartow, Florida Bellview, Florida Boca Raton, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Juno Beach, Florida North River Shores, Florida Ocala, Florida Hawkinsville, Georgia Lafayette, Louisiana Crofton, Maryland Saucier, Mississippi Clearbrook Park, New Jersey Alden, New York Gates-north Gates, New York Boise City, Oklahoma Tulsa, Oklahoma India Hook, South Carolina Briarcliff, Texas Copperas Cove, Texas Houston, Texas (3 reports) San Antonio, Texas Spring, Texas Elwood, Utah Herndon, Virginia Kalama, Washington Millwood, Washington West Allis, Wisconsin