December 6, 2021

Grooming My Begonias

Cold, damp, late autumn days are the best times for indoor chores such as grooming the many plants in my greenhouse - especially my large collection of begonias.

I have been collecting begonias for many years. With their bold, beautiful foliage and delicate flowers, it’s hard to resist such an amazing family of plants. The genus begonia contains about 1500 different plant species and hundreds of hybrids. They are native to tropical and subtropical climates, so many specimens are kept indoors as ornamental houseplants. Rhizomatous begonias are grown for their interesting and spectacular leaves. They come in many 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. Last week, my head gardener, Ryan McCallister, carefully inspected each plant, trimming any dead or discolored leaves and stems, and removing any crisscrossing canes. Regular maintenance keeps the plants full and in excellent condition.

Here are some photos, enjoy.