Begonia × benariensis is a F1 hybrid wax begonia. It is an extremely popular begonia grown as an annual in the most climate zones.
It is a compact, bushy, mounded, fibrous-rooted flower that features fleshy stems, tough waxy dark green to bronze leaves and loose clusters (cymes) of single or double red flowers. Flowers reliably bloom throughout the growing season (May to October).
The BIG SERIES (F1 hybrids) is a recent seed-grown introduction from Benery Seed. Plants are noted for their early bloom, large flowers, and vigorous habit.
Plants typically grow up to 30-35cm tall. Flowers (5-7 cm diameter) appear in clusters 13-14 weeks after sowing - from May to frost.
Info source: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org
Genus - Begonia
Species - Benariensis
Variety - Big Red
Common name - Begonia
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 9
Height - 0,35 m
Plant type - Annual
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Humus rich
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Mass in beds or borders. Edgings. Containers and window boxes.
Bloom season - May - October
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Red
Sow the seeds on the wet surface 6-8 weeks till teh last frost inside in propagator or pots. Keep uncovered and maintain high moisture. Temperature should be between +18-20C with a humidity of 95 percent. Using additional light will accelerate germination and improve the quality of the seedlings.
Normal germination time - 3-4 weeks.
Propagation from seed can be difficult due to the small size of the seed. Seed should not be sown directly in the garden.
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