Begonia species from India
1 packet of approximately 100+, naturally small, fresh seeds. Our original plant was sold under the name of B. cathayana but it is more likely a form of the highly variable species B. palmata. Green, palmate foliage with slight, central colouring of purple to the younger leaves and white flowers in autumn. Height 50 cm. Full to part shade in a sheltered position in moist, humus rich, well draining soil. We have never tested how hardy it is, so would recommend pot growing it and keeping it totally frost free until it has been further tested.
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