Begonia aff. labordei (species 71)
1 packet of approximately 100+, naturally small, hand pollinated, fresh seeds. A lovely, tuberous species with small, pretty, white flowers with a slight hint of pink. Originally collected from seed from China. Produces large, lime green leaves and, from the structure of its inflorescence and leaves, has a strong affinity to B. labordei. Height 30 cm. Full to part shade in a cool, sheltered position in moist, humus rich, well-drained soil. Not fully hardy with us though could be hardy to -5 C, 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