The ‘Illumination’ Begonia is a pendulous Tuberhybrida Begonia with oval leaves and sprays of rosette-like, flowers approx. 8cm across. Given an early start, they put on a glorious display all summer long. We grow our Begonias in pots and hanging baskets, but they can also be planted in the ground (once the danger of frost has passed).
Latin name : Begonia Tuberosa
Type of Plant : Flower
Sun Exposure : Full sun, part shade, full shade
Soil Type : Loamy, Sandy
Illumination Begonias are compact plants that are loaded with blooms. This species can be planted in full sun, part shade, and full shade areas. Suitable soil conditions for this species includes loamy to sandy soil (cultivated topsoil is also suitable for garden beds). The Begonia also comes in a variety of colors, and provides great contrast for any area in the garden that has dappled light. Begonia plants are also ideal for pots and baskets and do well on patios and porches where they are in indirect light.
Once appropriately placed in the flower bed or hanging basket, deadheading spent blooms and keeping the soil moist is the basis of annual begonia care.
Watering correctly is important in the care of Begonias. Soil should remain moist, but not too wet. A well-draining soil or potting mix simplifies this task. Water wax begonias at the base to avoid leaf spot and the possibility of fungal diseases. Pinching the buds or deadheading begonias promotes bushiness.
Begonia plants grow quickly and easily fill in spaces in the garden that will benefit from attractive foliage and frilly flowers.