King Begonia, Painted Begonia, Painted Leaf Begonia, Rex-cultorum Begonia
Begonia 'Fireworks'

Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Fireworks
Hybridized by Kartuz
Registered or introduced: 2000
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Classification:

Rex-cultorum

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:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Variegated

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:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From leaf cuttings

From herbaceous stem cuttings

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

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

Foliage Color:

Silver/Gray

Burgundy

Bronze-Green

Pink

Red

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Regional

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

Fountain Valley, California

Loveland, Colorado

Hampstead, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Halifax, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:

4
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RatingContent
Positive

On Jan 23, 2011, hjulich from Des Moines, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have found this plant to be very sensitive to drafts. Mine seems to prefer constant cool temperatures (mid-60s) and good humidity. Once these conditions are met, it is beautiful and low-maintenance. Dull-colored leaves, crispy edges, and leaf drop are brought on by too much sun, rapid temperature changes, drafts, and low humidity.

Positive

On Sep 2, 2008, begoniacrazii from Northern California, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

A fantastic and popular rex cultorum hybrid from Mike Kartuz, of Vista, Ca -2000. 'Fireworks' is a cross between B. rex X B. cathayana.

Positive

On Oct 6, 2004, rcn48 from Lexington, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

We bought this Rex Begonia in the Fall of 1999, this photo was taken late summer of 2000. It is one of our favorite Rex's.

Positive

On May 11, 2004, henryr10 from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

Another unique offerings.
It shines like a headlight in the shade.