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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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Classification:

Cane-like

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Rose/Mauve

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Silver/Gray

Burgundy

Bronze-Green

Smooth-Textured

Mottled

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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.