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PlantFiles: Cane Begonia
Begonia 'Cracklin' Rose'

Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Cracklin' Rose
Additional cultivar information: (aka Cracklin' Rosie)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
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:
From leaf cuttings
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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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive wakingdream On Aug 18, 2014, wakingdream from Allentown, PA wrote:

I am mesmerized by the redness and the spots and the shapes of the leaves when I look at 'Cracklin' Rosie'. My source was mail order, Logee's in CT. I propagated a piece for my Mother. It roots easily in water. As the canes become tall, I pinch the tips to make it bushier instead of lanky. It loves an East window but has not bloomed for me yet. Very nice contrast to other green houseplants in a group set up. I am a sucker for anything burgundy or spotted and this houseplant has both. Really eye catching.

Neutral MotherNature4 On Jan 21, 2006, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

'Cracklin Rosie' is one of the newer cane-stemmed begonias known for her beautiful leaves that are fluted and wavy. The dark bronze color is enhanced with tiny pink spots. The reverse side is dark red.

The flowers are rosey red, but not profuse. It is easy to propagate. A real winner.

B. 'Silvermist' and B. 'Salmon Rubra' are its parents.


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

Lodi, California
San Jose, California
Boca Raton, Florida
Grants Pass, Oregon
Allentown, Pennsylvania
La Vernia, Texas

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