|Common Name||Hardy begonia|
|US Patent #||PP19567|
|EU Grant #||--|
|Hardiness Zone||7, 8, 9, 10, 11|
|Size (HT/W/FL HT)||14" / 24" / 10"|
|Finish Time||Fast (4-6 Weeks)|
|Bloom Time||July, August|
|Most Active Growing Season||Spring|
|Soil||Prefers moist, humus rich, well drained soil.|
|pH||6.0 - 6.5|
|Special Uses||Award Winners, Deep South|
|Nutritional Needs||150 - 200 ppm|
|Water (Greenhouse)||Dry slightly between waterings.|
|Water (Garden)||Average. Does not tolerate water logging.|
|How Different?||It is the first hardy silver leaf begonia.|
|Landscape Value||It has silver leaves to highlight and form an accent or a glowing mass in the shade garden or plant in containers. Plant with spring bulbs for a sequential show.|
|Finish Time to 4"||4 - 6 weeks|
|Comments||Good drainage is a must. Comes up late in the spring when the soil warms up a little. This makes it a good to combine with spring bulbs. In hot summer areas, it does not perform well in small containers as it prefers its roots cool. John Boggan, director of the US National Arboretum in DC, reports it to have survived in his garden in Washington D.C. for two winters (2009, 2010).|
|Grower Notes||Sanitation of media and growing conditions is critical. Greenhouse production recommended for best environmental controls. Avoid use of overhead irrigation. Do not crowd plants as this can lead to more disease problems and stretched plants. Do not plant too deep.|
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