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Begonia ‘Curly Merry Christmas’

Begonia

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height0.15m
  • Growth HabitLarge-leaved
  • Flower ColourVarious
  • Leaf ColourVarious

Description

Begonia ‘Curly Merry Christmas’ (Begonia). This plant may be classified under the species B. rex. It has spirally, twisted leaves. This plant is a sport of B. 'Merry Christmas' and has red satin leaves about 17cm long with an outer band of emerald green and a deep red centre which may have grey edges.

Characteristics

Annual or Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub or Herbaceous

Interest and use

Grown for their colourful flowers and/or ornamental leaves.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Light
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Grow in light well-drained soil or loam-based potting compost. Water frequently in hot weather but do not allow the soil to become too moist. A balanced liquid fertiliser can be applied occasionally especially when in full growth. Pot on each spring. They prefer slightly acidic soil.

Propagation

Sow seeds of species at 21C as soon as they are ripe. Root stem and leaf cuttings can be rooted in spring or early summer in partial sun in a propagating case.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Is susceptible to powdery mildew and botrytis from late spring to early autumn.

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