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Begonia 'Fireworks'

Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Fireworks
Hybridized by Kartuz; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2000

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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:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest
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 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

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive hjulich 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 begoniacrazii 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 rcn48 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 henryr10 On May 11, 2004, henryr10 from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

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


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

Fountain Valley, California
Loveland, Colorado
Hampstead, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Halifax, Pennsylvania

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