Begonia x benariensis
BIG Red with Bronze Leaf
Item no. C4140, C4140P
- Extraordinarily different...
- Most vigorous, well-branched landscape begonia on the market
- BIGs are 2 weeks earlier than competing varieties
- Large (3" (8cm)), showy flowers are held above the foliage for maximum show
- Thrives in a wide range of climates and soils; can be planted in sun or shade
31″ / 80 cm
Sun - Shade
- Uses: Annual; Pots, baskets, containers and landscape
- Exposure: Sun - Shade
- Garden height: 31″ / 80 cm
- Crop time: 13-14 weeks
- Sow time: from mid of December onwards
- Sowing method: 1-2 seeds/pellets per plug
Begonias require light to germinate, do not cover seed or pellets. Germination occurs in 5-10 days at 73-80 °F
(23-26 °C), with a relative humidity of 95 % or higher. For pelleted seed, slightly higher temperatures and 100 % relative humidity aid in uniformity of germination. Germination media with a pH of 5.5-6.5 is optimum. Uniformly moist and well-drained soils are important.
6-7 weeks after sowing transplant 1 plug into 12-13 cm pot (12 cm:
35-40 pots/m2, 13 cm: 30-35 pots/m2). The plugs should have 2-3 sets of true leaves. High light conditions promote better branching and earlier flowering.
- Media: Use a well-drained, growing substrate, pH 5.5-6.2.
- Temperature: Grow at 17-19 °C.
- Fertilization: Moderate fertilization levels are required. Fertilize at 150 ppm nitrogen weekly, watching excessive salt built-ups.
* Germination Stages (from seed to finished young plant)
Stage I Starts with the radicle breaking through the testa. The roots are touching the medium.
Ends with fully developed cotyledons.
Stage II Starts from fully developed cotyledons. Ends with the fully developed true leaf or true leaf pair.
Stage III Starts from the fully developed true leaf or true leaf pair and ends with 80% of the young plants being marketable.
Stage IV All young plants are ready for sale and in the process of being hardened off. This stage lasts about 7 days.
The cultural recommendations are based on results from trials conducted under Central European conditions. Different conditions in other parts of the world may lead to deviations in results achieved.