Posts Tagged ‘begonia’
January 15th, 2010
A particularly large family of plants with at least 300 species and a myriad of varieties, the Begonias are succulents which in some cases have developed a tuberous root system. Their striking leaf shapes and colours have made them a favourite with many gardeners everywhere. They are probably the most widely grown of all houseplants. B. rex is usually grown for its foliage. I love my B. rex, I call him T.Rex for short, and he loves a little visit indoors now and again. I love my Begonia X ‘Cleopatra’ shown above for her beautiful translucent maple shaped leaves, patterned in a deep green and chocolate colour. I sometimes invite her inside also where she takes pride of place in the hall by the phone and in front of a mirror as any Cleopatra should!
The dainty but tough little bedding begonia is a wonderful addition sprinkled about in garden beds or used as a mass planting in shades of white, pink and red. These useful little wonders are super for taking cuttings and sticking into the ground where they happily make lovely new little plants. You can plant stem cuttings or tubers in spring in moist compost rich in peat . Some people think of them as being a little old fashioned, but I love them. I am an old fashioned girl!