Begonia labordei W/O-9079
1 packet of approximately 50+, naturally very small, hand pollinated, fresh seeds. The seeds we offer have been harvested from plants grown by us from seed collected by August Wu and Bjørnar Olsen in China. A slender, deciduous, tuberous species, which grows in forest margins on shaded, moist, rocky slopes, and produces inflorescences of small, pretty, pale pink or white flowers in late summer to autumn, with heart-shaped, green leaves and stems that have distinctive red banding. Height 30 cm. Full to part shade in a cool, sheltered position in moist, humus rich, well-drained soil. Not tested for hardiness with us yet (though it could potentially be hardy to -8C to -10C with a deep mulch), so we would suggest growing it as a potted specimen in the garden and bringing it in before the first frosts.
I often get asked how to sow Begonia successfully. I find them easy but I've been doing it for some years - the main thing is warmth, light and humidity. I use a peat-free compost with added horticultural sand and surface sow the tiny seeds as they need light to germinate. I could go into more detail but space won't permit so here is a good, detailed link for those who would like to give it a try: www.begonias.org/greenhouse/…/brads_articles/seedgrowing.htm