Begonia glaucophylla 13°C/55°F; Brazil

One of the many fibrous- rooted begonias that are excellent value both in respect of attractive foliage and colourful flowers. These are particularly suitable for hanging pots and baskets as the thin long stems droop naturally. Leaves are pale green and glossy with waved margins and darken as they mature, and clustered brick-red flowers are a welcome sight during the month of

February. Being a natural trailing plant it is seen, at its best when several plants are put in a hanging basket during the summer to flower the following year. Use a peaty mixture when planting, set in good light and keep evenly moist, especially while flowering. Increase plants by inserting pieces of stem with one or two leaves attached in a peat and sand mixture • a heated propagator will speed the rooting time./

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