Begonia species 168 'Selection'
1 packet of approximately 100+, naturally small, hand pollinated, fresh seeds. A selected plant grown from wild collected seeds from an unknown tuberous species from China. Produces large, dark green leaves with attractive silver markings and pale pink flowers. Height 80 cm. Full to part shade in a cool, sheltered position in moist, humus rich, well-drained soil. We have not tested how hardy this species is, 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