‘Bedding’ Begonia (Begonia semperflorens)

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The ‘Bedding’ Begonia, also known as Semperflorens, is a delightful plant commonly found in gardens, parks, and hanging baskets. It has waxy green, bronze, or variegated leaves and produces showy flowers in shades of red, pink, white, or bi-color from spring to fall. They prefer dappled shade but can adapt to full sun if kept moist, need well-drained soil enriched with organic matter and regular feeding with liquid fertilizer.

Botanical Name
Begonia semperflorens
Plant Type
Herbaceous Perennial
Family
Begoniaceae, which includes a diverse group of begonias
Height
About 5 to 12 inches (12 to 30 cm)
Foliage
The leaves of Begonia semperflorens are round and often come in attractive colors. They measure approximately 5 cm in length. Varieties may exhibit green, bronze, or variegated foliage
Bloom Time
From summer through fall, providing a steady stream of colorful flowers
Climate
Temperate to warm climates
Sun Exposure
Bright, indirect light
Soil Requirements
Moderately rich, well-drained soil
Hardiness Zones
Hardiness zones 10 to 11
Flowering
Single or double clusters, showcasing shades of white, pink, or red
Toxicity
While not highly toxic, it’s essential to be mindful of their sap, which may cause skin irritation. Keep them away from curious pets and children
  • The stems are soft and succulent, branching freely. The leaves are fleshy and add visual interest.
  • Propagate ‘Bedding’ Begonia through stem cuttings or by dividing established plants.
  • These begonias add vibrant color to garden beds, containers, and indoor spaces. Their ever-flowering nature makes them a valuable choice for year-round beauty.
  • While not invasive, proper care and responsible gardening practices are essential to maintain their ecological balance.
  • Like all plants, ‘Bedding’ Begonia may encounter issues such as aphids, powdery mildew, or root rot.

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