Plants and Flowers of India and Pune Begonia Semperflorens

Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum is also known as Wax Begonia or Bedding Begonia. They are native to moist tropical and sub-tropical climates. They are stemmed,  rhizomatous, or tuberous. Begonias grow well in shade as well as full Sun. Begonia can tolerate hot and humid summer. They can be propagated by seeds, Stem Cuttings, Leaf cuttings and Tubers. Since the seeds are tiny and they need sunlight to germinate do not sow them underground, place them on the soil where they can get enough Sunlight. They can tolerate short period of drought. Begonias have separate male and female flowers on the same plant. The female flowers have seeds where as the male flowers do not have them. They need rich well drained soil.
Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum
Common Name: Begonia
Indian Name:
Pronunciation: Bee-go-nee-yuh
Sun Exposure: Full Sun (avoid full sun in warmer climates), Partial shade, Shade
Max Height: 1 Feet
Drought-tolerant: Yes
Propagation Methods: Seeds, Tip and stem cuttings, Rhizome Cuttings
Bloom Color : Red, Pink, White
Bloom Time: All year round in warmer climates, Late spring, Early summer, Mid-summer, Late summer, Early fall
Foliage:  Green, Variegated, or Bronze-Colored.
Duration: Perennial, Annual
Invasive potential: Not invasive  ,
Pests and Diseases: Mealybug
Natural Enemy: Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, common name Mealybug Ladybird, Parasitoids Tiny Wasps, Some parasitic fungi. Natural Enemies Listed by Pest. See also The Wasps That Rule The World
Organic Control: 1) Neem Oil, 2) Use horticultural glues around tree trunks, 3) Make your own spray with liquid dish soap, water, Peppermint Essential Oil, Cayenne Pepper.
Chemical Control: Mealybugs Control, Mealybugs
Plant Character: Deer resistant
USDA Hardiness: 6 to 9
Uses: Bedding plants, House plants
Maintenance: Low
Medicinal: No
Attraction: Bees
Soil: Well drained and moist.
Soil pH: 5.6 to 6.5 Soil pH: What it Means , Soil: understanding pH and testing soil

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