‘Richmond’ Begonia (Begonia semperflorens)

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The ‘Richmond’ Begonia (Begonia richmondensis) is a charming and versatile tender perennial that adds a touch of elegance to gardens, balconies, and indoor spaces. With its vibrant flowers and glossy foliage, this begonia is a favorite among gardeners and plant enthusiasts.

Botanical Name
Begonia richmondensis
Plant Type
Tender perennial
Family
Begoniaceae
Height
Typically grows to a height of 1.5 to 2 feet and has a width of 0.83 to 1 foot.
Foliage
Evergreen leaves with a glossy texture. The upper side is dark green, while the undersides display an attractive reddish hue. Leaves are oval-shaped with scalloped and toothed margins.
Bloom Time
Richmond Begonias produces pendant clusters of red to pink flowers continuously from summer until frost.
Climate
Suited for warm and temperate climates.
Sun Exposure
Prefers filtered light or partial shade.
Soil Requirements
Thrives in moist, well-drained soil.
Hardiness Zones
Best suited for USDA Hardiness Zone 11.
Flowering
The begonia’s vibrant blooms add color to outdoor spaces.
Special Features
The bronzy-green foliage seems to color-shift in different light conditions, making it visually appealing.
Toxicity
Richmond Begonias are mildly toxic if ingested, so keep them away from curious pets and children.
  • The leaves are glossy, oval-shaped, and have red undersides. Flowers are pendulous and come in shades of red and pink.
  • Richmond Begonias can be propagated through stem cuttings or division.
  • These begonias are excellent for adding color to hanging baskets, containers, and garden beds.
  • Their low-maintenance nature makes them ideal for both beginners and experienced gardeners.
  • Richmond Begonias contributes to biodiversity by attracting pollinators.
  • Keep an eye out for aphids, mealybugs, and powdery mildew.
  • They can be grown outdoors in pots, on the ground, or hanging baskets.
  • In colder climates, they can be grown as annuals or as houseplants indoors.
  • Fertilize monthly with a water-soluble fertilizer. Prune dead flowers to prolong bloom.

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