A species that deserves to grown more widely, Begonia boliviensis is a trailing type suited to growing in hanging baskets. It has been in cultivation for many years and is now finding new popularity.
This is a long flowering plant producing good flowers from summer through to the end of autumn. The red flowering variety is the most common, however a white flowering variety is also available.
This is a tuberous Begonia and one of three species that are the parent of many of the modern tuberous begonias we see for sale today. Originally from the mountain regions of Bolivia and Argentina, this is a species that also handles the cold. In its natural environment it grows on cliff faces, hence the trailing habit.
- Begonia boliviensis ‘Bossa Nova’ is a red flowering cultivar.
- Begonia boliviensis ‘Santa Cruz’ is another bright red variety.
How to Grow Begonia boliviensis
This is a fairly tough plant, it grows well in heat and will survive short dry periods. In warmer climates it is best grown in light shade or afternoon shade.
Use a humus rich free draining potting soil, in hanging baskets try using a liner to prevent moisture loose.
Fertilise with a slow release type in in spring and supplement with liquid seaweed fertiliser every 3 – 4 weeks.
As winter comes around, Begonia boliviensis will become dormant, ready to burst back into life as the weather warms in spring.
Begonia boliviensis is available for sale from the following participating suppliers
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