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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Rose Begonia


This particular one is known as a Rose Begonia also known as Tuberose Begonia. I often noticed this sold during the festive season - normally brought from Cameron Highlands.

I had few bad experiences with this and also checked with few of my gardener's friends who tells me the same thing - that this one is very difficult to cultivate in lowland climate. I believe this one do require cold climate cycle for it to go dormant and regenerate especially like in a temperate climate.



 I realized that many people who favor this particular one treat this plant as a cut flower plant - keep and maintain them for few weeks until the flowers are spend. However, I know the plant will survive but slowly will start dropping off all it's leaves and eventually the bare stalks will start to turn yellow and wither away.

There is however, a tuber underneath it and may require it to go through some cold handling - suppose placing the tuber in the fridge for 3-4 months and re-plant the tuber back for the next season. This appear to be like too much work and may or may not be successful - Just my thoughts.

I'm still wondering how are they cultivating these cold temperate plants here in Cameron Highlands, especially these and a few other plants like Fuchsias, Dahlias and Roses. They don't last very long in these hot and dry lowland climate and truly they become sad looking when they start withering away in the heat.


I may got my facts wrong in this particular one but I have yet to come across anyone who had claimed to have a success story in cultivating this one.



In my opinion, I wouldn't recommend anyone to cultivate this in their lowland hot & humid climate zone as this particular one will not do well in those garden conditions.

Begonia Common Names and Images

Here is the link where I had put together a list of all the begonias that I had come across. A database of all the different types & their characteristics. Please click on the link on the title above for the post.

Begonia - Fedor vs Begonia 'Fedor Sister" (Updated 2021)


Begonia Fedor does have many similarities with so many other common varieties, especially with 'Silver King' and 'Voodoo Star'. I can really tell them apart unless I align them together to note their slight differences.

There are many confusion as their foliage tend to morph with the variation of shades and colors depending on how much light it receives on its foliage. 

There is a slight lavender tones at the edges similar like Begonia 'Fireworks' - I think these cultivars are interbreed and their dormant characteristics are showing when they are growing.





UPDATED 2021



I must say I'm a little disappointed to find that this one is identified as Fedor sister.
Really? Again - making an emphasise with my disappointment to find that these two plants with different color variation is due as one receive loads of sunlight (sister) and the other cultivated in shade (Fedor) and it's a pity to note that there is no proper reliable source than those who unscrupulously intend to sell the same plant with two different ID.. But Fedor Sister? Really? 


Top picture : Mis-identified as Fedor Sister where it receive bright indirect sunlight (too much light actually where you can note burned leaf edges)





This one is identified as Fedor cultivated in indirect light with good shade - the foliage formation is very much in lighter tones with central veins not fully open or exposed with strong coloration. This particular one does not have showy flowers - more like a coined shaped flower buds just peeking through the foliage structure.






Begonia Fedor being a typical Rex Begonia where you can notice the basic characteristics at the underside of the foliage where the have furry red stem with some red tones. Being a Rex Begonia - watering must be administer in full care as not to cause root rot or stem rot - these can be sensitive plant, a slight change in their condition can cause a shock and this one can go dormant or even die.


Eventually I had lost the battle with farming ants with mealy bugs, each time I apply pesticide on it and the ants brings back those mealy bug on the next day had totally devastate my begonia plant. I can't imagine whether the pesticide or the mealy bug that had actually killed my beloved plant.


Begonia Common Names and Images

Here is the link where I had put together a list of all the begonias that I had come across. A database of all the different types & their characteristics. Please click on the link on the title above for the post.

Begonia - Aquamarine


Begonia - Aquamarine has a star shaped formation foliage with a splashed grapes like colors - it is indeed very difficult to describe the coloration as you can view the picture above. 

However when the begonia grows in shaded area it will be appearing in a green tones. It is a rhizomatous type begonia with green to silver colored foliage.


I tried to propagate this using a leaf cutting on a mop wick system but it was unsuccessful. I may try again once this plant had grown big and had established itself.


Currently I had replanted it from a soil medium into a mop wick system and hoping it will slowly spring back to life, as it was slowing going dormant in the earlier medium.

Only time will tell the progress of this particular plant.




Here is the link where I had put together a list of all the begonias that I had come across. A database of all the different types & their characteristics. Please click on the link on the title above for the post.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Begonia 'Bunchii' (Updated 2021)


CHARACTERISTICS:

Begonia 'Bunchii' is also known as: Begonia x erythrophylla commonly known as Lettuce Leaf Begonia or Curly Beefsteak Begonia.

It has a Beefsteak Begonia characteristics but more on the frills & scallops at the leaf edges. The foliage is very thick and succulent. It does turn slightly brown in color when exposed more to the sunlight but mostly the foliage is in dark glossy green.



This particular begonia is growing in a sphagnum moss medium - I had not disturbed or plan to replant it as new rhizomes are growing well from this medium. I have been keeping the medium slightly moist without over watering it.


Other than that, this particular one seemed to be looking hardy and strong ever since I had purchased it (Feb 2020). So far - it has been growing very well.




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Here is the link where I had put together a list of all the begonias that I had come across. A database of all the different types & their characteristics. Please click on the link on the title above for the post. 

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