January 5, 2018

The Begonias in My Greenhouse

I have long loved begonias, and my large collection of specimens thrives in my greenhouse. I hope you have this month's issue of "Living" - it shows some of my most favorite varieties. If you don't, be sure to get a copy - it's on newsstands now.  

Begonia is a genus in the family Begoniaceae. The genus contains at least 1500 different plant species and numerous hybrids. They are native to Mexico, Central and South America, Asia and South Africa - regions with tropical and subtropical climates.

There are different types of begonias, including tuberous begonias, semperflorens begonias, rex begonias, and rhizomatous begonias. Rhizomatous begonias are grown for their interesting and spectacular leaves. They come in an array of sizes, colors and textures, and can be small or large, smooth or veiny, decorated in bold accents of red, copper and silver or subtle shades of green. While the plants can grow very large horizontally, they don’t reach great heights because they grow from the rhizomes, which creep along the soil, or just above it in twisted trunks. Here are some photos - enjoy.