It's the Begonia for April

on Tuesday, 26 March 2019. Posted in News

April's houseplant of the month is the Begonia, a plant which we seldom consider for commercial interiors. But the enthusiasm with which the plant blooms means in practice that you can hardly see the plant for the flowers.

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Foliage begonias have their own distinctive beauty in the form of velvet leaves that are beautifully marked with silver, pink, burgundy and green patterns that more than make up for the absence of flowers.

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Both plants have a luxurious look, yet are still surprisingly simple and easy to care for.

Origin
There are 1895 different species of begonia, which grows in warm, damp forest regions in New Guinea, southern Africa and the Andes. The wild version is spikier and more slender than the cultivated version, which has much fuller leaves and flowers considerably more.

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Lots to choose from
The begonia range is very extensive. The most common flowering houseplant is the Begonia Elatior Group. These come as single flowered, semi-double and double flowered. One new addition is the Bodinia Line with extra full flowers and curly foliage. The Betulia is very suitable for use both indoors and outdoors. Begonia is as diverse as a foliage plant. The Begonia Rex Group is available in various attractive leaf colours, structures and shapes. The Beleaf has an attractive structure and eye-catching colours. The Begonia Boweri Group is a classic within the foliage range. And varieties such as Tamara (standard) or B. maculata are characterised by their leaves with silvery grey spots.

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