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Begonia Culture, Care and Resources A Good Place To Start

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Northern California, CA(Zone 9a)



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This small section is to note the newest links added since the previous update

June 8, 2007

New section on Rieger Begonia care and info (AKA Winter flowering Begonias or Hiemalis Begonias (see below)

New links to tuberous begonias.

Several Gallery links fixed or noted as broken (leaving them here in case the web owner fixes them)

New Vendor added
Taylor Greenhouses (Sells a wide variety of Begonias)

I think there are a few other new additions not listed above


Begonia Culture, Care, Vendors & Links to Begonia Related sites

In this thread, you will find a list of member contributed and compiled information and internet links pertaining to Begonias, their care, culture and much more. This thread is for everyone who whishes to know more about about Begonias.

Culture & Care

General Care and Information by Brad Thompson

One of the best jumping off places is Brad Thompson’s newly revised web site. His cultivars are now being sold by Kartuz Nursery (see link in the vendor section).
This is a super web site with just about everything you could want to know about begonias.

Begonia Culture, covering show classification, growing, propagation and pollination

General Cultural Requirements (Tips for Growing Begonias indoors) (General info including Diseases & Pests) (Everything ‘Dragon Wing’)

Rex cultorum Culture

Terrarium Culture (Terrariums and Bottle Gardens)
and where to buy ball terrariums (fruit ripener type of ball terrarium) (Globe/ball type terrariums) (Terrarium links & How-To’s)

Growing Tuberous Begonias

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Growing Begonias under Lights

Begonia Diseases (A list of diseases and their management) Troubleshooting Begonia problems

Home-Made Remedies and Treatments for Pests and Diseases

More info on some Pests

Amen Brother Brad! Advise on Advise!

Begonia Soil Recipes (After you read the recpie page, re-read Brad’s link above on Advise!)

Taxonomy And Horticultural info

Begonia Types Begonia Show Classifications (Begonia semperflorens) (Identification guide)

FAQ & General Care Information

I think I can refer you back to Brad’s site for general info.

Shipping Begonia Cuttings and Plants by Bill Claybaugh

Growing Begonias from Seed ~ The Easy Way, by Freda Holley, 1998 (part one) (part two)

Begonia Books

Mark Tebbitt’s new book on Begonias

Begonia Book Lists

Sources & Supplies

Plants (Please Refer to Garden for vendor information and ratings)

Vendors are listed in no particular order

Logee's Greenhouses

Palm Hammock Orchid Estate (aka PHOE) (contact them to see if they do mail order)

Lyndon Lyon Greenhouses (Rex Begonias)

Rob’s Violets, The Violet Barn (specializes in smaller or terrarium varieties of Rex cultorum)

Antonelli Brothers (Tuberous)

Glass House Works

Firmly Planted

Belisle's Violet House

Pat’s Pets

Yucca Do Nursery

Kartuz Greenhouses

Accents For home and Garden

Rare Flora/Gardino Nursery Corp.

Cottage Gardens

Singing Springs Nursery

Lauray of Salibury

Gardens Oyvey (Begonia grandis only at this time)

Plant Delights Nursery, Inc

Avant Gardens

Annie’s Annuals & Perennials

Firmly Planted

Bonnie’s Greenhouse

Big Dipper Farm

Hortus Botanicus

Baker’s Acres (No mail order at this point, but worth a mention due to their wide selection in their nursery-visitors welcome)

Plant Safari

Blue Fox Farm

Plants For Kids (Sells Rex Begonias)

Black Jungle Exotics and Tropicals (terrarium begonia)

Nicholls Garden (minimum order, sells b. grandis & b. sutherlandii)

Taylor Greenhouses (Sells a wide variety of Begonias)

Dibley’s Nursery (UK and EU shipping only but worth a look!)

Shirley Tasker’s Begonia page (may or may not sell cuttings to the USA)

Additionally, there are more vendors listed on Dave’s (some listed as selling begonias, no longer have begonias listed on their web sites for sale)

Seeds (Mauro Peixoto’s web site - has many species seeds avail. as well as many other plant seeds – Gallery as well) (Has various Begonia seeds, ships to USA)

Growing supplies (Lights, light stands, seed starting supplies) (plastic pots & other supplies, also sells a few begonias) (plastic pots and more) (hobby greenhouse supply & more) (no longer selling begonias online but sells supplies/books) (tags, markers & stakes)

Plant Stand Gallery & Info

Begonia Species Bank (Ft. Worth, TX Botanic Garden, The Begonia Species Bank includes more than 1000 taxa)

Botanical Gardens


Some Foreign Language sites can be translated by going to Mauro Peixoto’s web site gallery) (New York Botanical Garden Virtual Herbarium, some have photos of begonia specimens in the collection) (One of my favorite sites for images, Japanese site, not translated) (Cane Begonia gallery) (Great for Rex ID, Some cultivar names appear to be truncated) (Another site for Rex ID) (click on the Rex links) (Cultivar Photos) link currently broken (Species Photos) link currently broken (may ship cuttings to the US?) (Japanese site with nifty background music!) (begonia images for reference) (gallery of rex type begonias) (Japanese site) (type ‘begonia’ under FAMILY begins with…) (Click on the link to member’s gallery pages) (gallery of the French Begonia Society)

Clubs, Organizations and Forums

American Begonia Society

ABS ~ Astro Branch

Canadian Begonia Society

BC Fuchsia and Begonia Society (British Columbia)

The National Begonia Society

East of Scotland Begonia Society

Scottish Begonia Society

Japanese Begonia Society (translated version)

Fench Begonia Society (AFABEGO Association Française des Amateurs de Bégonias)

New Zealand Begonia Society

MISC. Links about begonias

Kenny’s Begonias (Tuberous info and photos)

French Begonia Catalog (for what it’s worth)

19th Century Begonia Art

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