|Common Name||Flowering Begonia|
|Plant Series||Begonia COCOA™ Series|
|US Patent #||PP25484|
|EU Grant #||--|
|Hardiness Zone||8, 9, 10, 11|
|Size (HT/W/FL HT)||14" / 12" / 14"|
|Finish Time||Fast (4-6 Weeks)|
|Bloom Time||January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December|
|Most Active Growing Season||Summer|
|Flowering Season||Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter|
|Leaf Color||Black, Green|
|Soil||Fertile, rich, moist soil with good porosity.|
|pH||6.0 - 6.5|
|Special Uses||Deep South|
|Nutritional Needs||150 - 200 ppm|
|Water (Greenhouse)||Dry moderately between waterings.|
|Water (Garden)||Keep evenly moist.|
|How Different?||It is the only upright with double pink flowers and chocolate brown leaves. The plant, being sterile, bloom continuously. It is a rhizomatous hybrid rather than a rex begonia.|
|Landscape Value||Use as a houseplant or in the landscape as a bedding plant or in mixed containers.|
|Finish Time to 4"||4 - 6 weeks|
|Comments||Has survived here in Canby, Oregon for 5 years in the ground, mulched.|
|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.|
Begonia COCOA™ ‘Puff Pink’
Begonia COCOA™ 'Puff Pink' has fully double flowers in a “puff” of pink over dark foliage. This redo of the Reiger Begonias put the same unbeatable bloomability and even more interesting foliage into a very easy garden and container plant. Cocoa brown leaves with glowing emerald veins are smothered with pure pink powder puffs for months, and as a houseplant, it never stops blooming. Fairly sun tolerant, this upright beauty remains showy in the garden. Sterile flowers drop cleanly.
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