Sunday, May 8, 2011
My new Hiemalis Begonias
Hiemalis Begonia plants, also called Rieger begonias, are a man-made hybrid variety that is a cross between wax begonias and tuber begonias. The flower stalks reach heights of between 12 and 18 inches when fully developed, and they can be grown both indoors and outdoors. Growing Hiemalis begonias is similar to growing other begonia varieties, but if they receive proper care they will continue blooming through the fall.I am crazy about mine they look like small cabbage roses!
Begonia, Hiemalis Netja DarkColor Medium Pink
Flower Time Early
Habit Upright, medium
Foliage Dark Green
Begonia is a genus in the flowering plant family Begoniaceae and is a perennial. The only other members of the family Begoniaceae are Hillebrandia, a genus with a single species in the Hawaiian Islands, and the genus Symbegonia which more recently was included in Begonia. "Begonia" is the common name as well as the generic name for all members of the genus.
The genus name, coined by Charles Plumier, a French patron of botany, honours Michel Bégon, a former governor of the French colony of Haiti. It was adopted by Linnaeus.
These are called Dark Netja and are Hiemalis Begonias. These Begonias grow best in fertile, well-drained soils in the landscape. Often grown in hanging baskets, window boxes, and combo planters. Morning sun is ok, but they should be in the shade in the afternoon. Let soil surface dry out between watering. Use a water soluble fertilizer twice a month to keep plants blooming and fresh looking.
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