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Begonia ‘Escargot’

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  • Begonia ‘Escargot’ | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • Begonia ‘Escargot’ | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020

Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height0.4m to 0.6m
  • Spread0.4m to 0.6m
  • Growth HabitLarge-leaved
  • Flower ColourVarious
  • Leaf ColourVariegated cream brown red

Description

Begonia ‘Escargot’ (Begonia). The leaves have a striking curled shaped similar to a snail's shell and hence the name of Escargot. The foliage also has an attractive variegated pattern.

Characteristics

Annual or Perennial, Evergreen, Herbaceous

Other common names

Elephant's ear

Interest and use

Ornamental

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  • Begonia ‘Escargot’ | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • Begonia ‘Escargot’ | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020

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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