Begonias have been a grown in Australia for years, almost regarded as old fashioned, however with new varieties being bred, the Australian gardener has access to a huge range of plant.
A a very popular indoor plant as well as a garden plant and come in a number of varieties including : Cane Begonias, Rhizomatous Begonias, Wax Begonias and Tuberous Begonias. All are different in growth habit and appearance.
Begonia Rex are used widely as an indoor foliage plants. Being easy to grow, long flowering and with nice foliage begonias do well in pots.
Although they are a tropical to sub tropical plant they do grow well indoors in cooler regions, grow them for the flowers or the foliage, colour and texture is what begonias are all about.
All begonias like a light but moisture retentive potting mix and this can be achieved by adding 1 part perlite to 6 parts quality potting mix.
Species include : Begoniacae, acetosa, acida, acontifolia, acutifolia, alboptica, bogneri, brevirimosa, cinnabarina, conchifolia, cucullata, semperflorens.
Begonia Plants available from the following suppliers
In Australia the Ballarat Begonia Festival is the place to experience the wonderful colour of these plants. Taking place over the March, Labour Day long weekend each year, if you are interested in begonias, this is the place.
CANNABIZ - phone: 073 8021296
GERANIUM HOUSE - phone: 03 6383 4628 Fax 03 63834627
BLUE HAZE Begonia & Clivia Nursery - phone: (07) 46984959
KINGS SEEDS - phone: 07 4159 4882