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BEGONIA 'Benitochiba'

Deeply divided foliage with pink/green mottling on new leaves, ageing to silver and green. Single pink flowers. Prefers some shade. Reputedly hardy to -5°C though can be late to re-shoot
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BEGONIA 'Benitochiba'

 

 

  • Evergreen
  • Shades of pink All shades of pink through to Carmine (red)
  • Height
    30cm (12in) or more
  • Spread
    38cm (15in)
  • Bulb/Corm or rhizomatous perennial
    Rex begonia. Rhizomatous perennial. Palmately divided leaves, 20cm (8in) or more across, comprising 6-8 toothed, narrowly ovate leaflets with red leaf stalks. Produces clusters of flowers 2cm (¾in) across
  • Herbaceous Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.
  • Heated greenhouse - subtropical Can be grown outside in summer. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 10°C (50°F).
    Use loamless or loam-based compost (JI No 2) in bright light with shade from direct sun
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features
    Good to know - grown for its metallic foliage. Some nurseries claim that it will withstand a cold (dry) winter and reshoot as late as June. Can be container grown and moved into shelter for winter. Sporadic flowering.
  • Pests & Diseases
    caterpillars, mealybugs, mites, thrips, vine weevils, aphids, grey mould(Botrytis), powdery mildew, stem rot, rhizome rot.
  • Place of origin
    garden origin. 1973. Misono. Japan
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Patio / pot plants
  • Hardiness
    Tender (greenhouse & conservatory)
  • Seasonal Interest
    Autumn
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile well drained soil - humus-rich
  • Neutral to acid soil
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
30cm (12in) or more
bulb/corm - guide for size not form Hand Trowel
  38cm (15in)
 

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