Begonia sp. Michael Wickenden collection U614
1 packet of approximately 50+, naturally very small, hand pollinated, fresh seeds. A Michael Wickenden collection from Arunachachal Pradesh, India (assigned the number U614 by the American Begonia Society as an unidentified species). Very attractive, distinctive, serrated foliage in silvery green, brown and red shades. Flowers are white with pink tints. Looks stunning in a pot in the garden up until the first frosts. Height to 60 cm. Full to part shade in a sheltered position in a moist humus rich well draining soil. Reports from other growers say that this plant has been hardy to -8C with a winter mulch - we have never tested how hardy it is, so would recommend keeping it frost free in colder climates 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