Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Begonia Luxurians


Common name: Palm-leaf BegoniaFamily: BegoniaceaeOrigin: BrazilHeight: 4 - 8 ft. (1,2 - 2,4 m)Width: 2 - 4 ft.
Spacing: 15 - 18 in. (38 - 45 cm)Light: partial to full shadeSoil: pH requirements - 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) or 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)Watering: Water regularly; do not overwaterTemperatures: harty down to 25-30 degrees FDescription : An upright, cane-like growing begonia with large glabrous leaves that are palmately dissected into narrow leaflets. Interestingly, the new growth emerges from center of the next oldest leaf. Delicate fragrant cream flowers are produced from late winter into summer.Care and cultivation : The Palm Leaf Begonia prefers a protected location with light shade and rich soil. Begonia luxurians will be damaged if temperatures dip into the 20's though will survive to the mid-20's. The leaves of the Palm Leaf Begonia are susceptible to wind damage. The large two toned umbrella-like leaves can make a garden look very tropical. The white flowers are held upright at the top of the plants. Requires bright filtered to part sun - avoid mid-day sun. Propagation : From herbaceous stem cuttings From woody stem cuttings By air layering.

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