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 types. 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.
Begonias – Varieties.
We mainly see the hybrid varieties available for sale and these include three main types.
- Begonia grandis is a hardy tuberous begonia. Plants and cuttings are readily available for sale from online specialist and mail order Nurseries.
- The ‘Rex ‘ types are popular for the texture and colour of the foliage, the rhizomatous types as similar to the Rex types, but tougher and easier to grow.
- The Cane Stemmed types are perhaps the easiest, many seeming to thrive on neglect.
A number of species are also available and some of the more popular Begonia Species include : Begoniacae, acetosa, acida, acontifolia, acutifolia, alboptica, bogneri, brevirimosa, cinnabarina, conchifolia, cucullata, semperflorens.
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.
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.
Begonia Plants available from the following suppliers
470 Monbulk-Silvan Road Monbulk VIC 3793
"Guaranteed mail order flowering bulbs, perennials, roses, trees, landscaping plants, garden accessories and community fundraising Austra lia-wide."
357 Monbulk Road SILVAN VIC 3795
Guaranteed "garden worthy" bulbs, plants and perennials. Visit the website to browse our large range of daffodils or request the latest free catalogue.
CANNABIZ – phone: 073 8021296
89 Talinga Dr Park Ridge Brisbane Qld 4125
Hybridizer of cannas and begonias…have been hybridizing for over 30 years.
GERANIUM HOUSE – phone: 03 6383 4628 Fax 03 63834627
83 Robert St Beauty Point Tas 7270
BLUE HAZE Begonia & Clivia Nursery – phone: (07) 46984959
702 Andurramba Rd Crows Nest QLD 4355
Begonias and Clivias
KINGS SEEDS – phone: 07 4159 4882