When I think of begonias, I fondly remember buying one at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The flower petals were such an astonishingly beautiful colour…pale coral.
They’re the focus of my October Houseplant of the Month and we’re going to take a look at both Flowering Begonias and Begonia Rex.
This variety has spectacular flowers. You’ll find them as single, semi-double and double blooms, in a wide range of colours and colour combinations. For example, pink, red, orange, white and cream. Falling within the Tuberous Group of Begonias, they’re a wonderful way of adding a fabulous splash of colour to your home.
Begonia Rex, which falls into the Rhizomatous Group of Begonias, are sought after for their wonderfully decorative foliage, with swirls of colours and bold patterns. There are assorted leaf shapes in hues of burgundy, green, silver and pink. And sometimes, you may find that this variety will produce a dainty bloom or two. Look out for Begonia rex-cultorum ‘Fireworks’, with its striking leaves.
Care wise, keep your Begonia plant’s compost just moist and allow it to dry out between waterings. And when watering, take care not to wet the leaves. Place your plant somewhere where it will get bright, indirect light and plenty of humidity. Remove any faded blooms to encourage more flowers.
So, with the nights starting to draw in, why not add a pop of colour to your kitchen or lounge with a flowering Begonia? Or if the Begonia Rex variety is more your cup of tea, add it to the plant collection in your bathroom!
* This post is brought to you in collaboration with The Flower Council of Holland. All the words are my own.
(Images : The Flower Council of Holland)