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Begonia, Shrub Begonia 'Ginny'

Begonia

Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Ginny
Hybridized by Watchorn
Registered or introduced: 1971
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Classification:

Shrub

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Succulent

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:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

By simple layering

By air layering

By tip layering

Seed Collecting:

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

Foliage Color:

Burgundy/Maroon

Orange/Apricot

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers

Regional

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

Brea, California

Clayton, California

Hayward, California

San Jose, California

Winter Springs, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Mar 2, 2014, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

I've had this for about a decade now. It was bought at a UC Berkeley sale. Easy to keep, but needs high outdoor light levels to bring the red out of the stems. It also quickly can fill a large pot with roots and a subsequent die off. Repot,or divide to reinvigorate. It has never had any frost damage over that time. A good small cane Begonia.

Positive

On Aug 31, 2008, begoniacrazii from Northern California, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Shrub type begonia hybridized by Watchorn 1984 using B. echinosepala X B. 'Margaritae'.

There is actually no B. metallica in it's line as B. 'Margaritae' is a hybrid using two species, B. echinosepala X B. aconitifolia Hildegard Schneider

per the American Begonia Society data base.

Positive

On Oct 18, 2003, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

B. 'Ginny' claims B. metallica as a grandmother, being a cross of B. echinosepala x B. 'Margaritae'. B. 'Ginny' is one of the most cold tolerant and floriferous plants here in Northern California.

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