This was a disappointment this summer. Zone 9b part shade, didn't do much. At some point it finally got established. Maybe it doesn't like 108*? This fall as it has cooled the plant became a red beacon about 2 feet tall and shinny. It looks good with deep red snapdragons and white creeping daises. It will need frost protection and I am wondering if a frost blanket will be enough? Regardless, I will grow more of these next summer in my low bowls so I can plant them out in fall. I like the leaf color of the red better than the rose.
Surefire® Red Begonia benariensis
- Sun or Shade
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
FeaturesConsider me FLOWER therapy.
Tough, vigorous plants with great landscape and container performance.Award WinnerContinuous Bloom or RebloomerLong BloomingFoliage InterestHeat TolerantDeadheading Not Necessary
CharacteristicsPlant Type:AnnualHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:12 - 24 InchesSpacing:12 - 18 InchesSpread:18 - 24 InchesFlower Colors:RedFlower Shade:Rich RedFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Sun or ShadeMaintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Planting To FrostHardiness Zones:10a, 10b, 11a, 11bWater Category:AverageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses Notes:
Use in containers and landscapes. Great when planted in masses and an excellent plant for combinations as well.Maintenance Notes:
These plants are versatile working in both sun or shade, which makes them a wonderful unifying plant to use in both sun and shade beds. Unlike older begonias, these are quite vigorous. They can tolerate some drought conditions, but will look their best with more consistent moisture and regular feeding. They love the heat and do not need to be deadheaded to bloom all summer long. What's not to love!
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PeggieWho, California, United States, 1 year ago
These begonia's performed wonderfully in pots. They grew at least 2 feet tall and nearly swallowed up the Cordiline spikes I had as the thriller. They could be the thriller in pots by themselves. They have very sturdy stems and just as the description states, they did not need dead heading. The only cons I see with this plant is that it drops some of the flower petals with a strong wind creating small messes and the stems tend to grow wildly in different directions.Denise A., Michigan, United States, 1 year ago
Hope Rose, Nebraska, United States, 2 years ago
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