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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Black Velvet Begonia - Green Cloud Variety

Photo Credit to Dr Rabiatuadawiyah Kari

CHARACTERISTICS:

In comparison to Bethlehem Star, this particular one is more larger and more broader. 
The leaves seemed to be more clouded looking - something of like a watercolor featured paint on the center with some green tones.  At first, I just brushed off thinking that it is just a singular instability factor - happens sometimes when begonia are in state of morph when they are in different conditions - however, I had noticed that this occurrence are quite stable and also noticed these features are quite prominent among other begonia collectors around my region.

However, this particular ID is unknown. 
Similar characteristics denote that it could be a hybrid between another Black colored Star Begonia
/ Begonia heracleifolia - 'U578'  or another close breed with Begonia Chivalry. 

1) Bigger leaf formation in comparison to Bethlehem Star (7 pointed Star)
2) Leaf Center Coloration is Cloudy Green like a Watercolor effect.
3) Leaf Lobes are much larger and visible compared to the Common Black Velvet Begonia
4) Leaf Stem appears very long in yellow color with Red Furry Hairs (not compacted rhizome type)

SIDE NOTE:

However not all foliage have this Clouded Green Features - as this appears only in 1-2 leaves in the whole plant, sort of the begonia is pushing off the variegation away from it's system as some plants do when they try to revert to their origin parent plant. 

I had seen this effect appearing on the Variegated Creeping Fig - where once they started to creep on a wall - it had started to push all the variegated colored parts into a singular trailing branch and the rest reverted back to full green and with vigorous growth while the variegated branch remained stunted and appeared all white, eventually that part slowly withered away and the whole creeping fig turned into a monster growing plant and the variegated colored part totally vanished from the whole plant structure. I had also seen these same characteristics appearing on Variegated Philodendron - Pink Princess and Variegated Alocasia Macrorrhiza.

Begonias does morph and try to push away their variegated or parent hybrid colors and may accomplish doing so when the plant had grown into stability but at times, these abnormally still appear in variants and can be seen in these conditions - also these also happens when this begonias are cultivated using seed propagation where there are some new variations appears among cross pollination.

Also growing conditions matters - Begonias are known to change colors when receive too much bright indirect light in comparison to medium with heavy shade, especially the coloration of Begonia Martin Mystery where it may turn to fully reddish burgundy tones in bright light to more silvery pink notes when in full shade. Similar characteristics appears to some Cane Begonia Maculata Albo Picta Hybrids when their dots and speckles disappear when they receive bright indirect sunlight.

I had once experienced a Black Velvet Begonia gone totally dormant and when it came back - it started to have green colored variegation pups on the leaves when it started growing from the dormant rhizomes. This may happen when the plant would had gone through some stress factor and may change its growing conditions - as the green coloration denotes its need to photosynthesis.

However, not all begonias are hardy and able to morph to such conditions - Begonia Iron Cross are not so forgiving - the dark pigmentation slowly disappearing into a thin line with the edges appearing burned and eventually succumbs to its death if they are overwatered or lacking humidity. These strong furry types requires special conditions but some can be acclimatized when the right conditions are met:
(medium / watering / humidity / shade factor)

And so, I would say to each begonia type is unique by itself, not all begonias are the same - do cultivate the ones that does well in your own garden conditions and specifically in the areas where it is ideal conditions are met where it is airy, humid, receive bright shade and protected from direct hot sun and rain.


Care Tips:

I had killed twice thinking that this one is hardy, often watering it and keeping the medium constantly moist. I later change the location where I hang it in a hanging pot in semi-shaded area and only water them when I find the medium appears to be like cement dry.

At first it appeared that they were almost dying and few leaves fallen off - rotten, this is due to the over-watering effect, eventually what appears to be like going dormant - it had spring back to life and new leaf emerging and the colors more vibrant.

Medium:
Fast Draining - Soil Based

Watering
Water only when the Medium is Dry

Feeding
I use Foliar Fertilizer - Once a Week with 1/2 Dilution Strength.

Light
Place in Bright Shade area - Ideal like a Balcony Plants.

NOTE:
I realized that these behave very much like a succulent plants - less watering, medium dry before watering and place in a hanging pot - seemed to be very successful in this arrangement in comparison to monthly sudden deaths when I place it on ground where there is water retention and high humidity.
These do not like water on their leaves rather only on the medium.








Begonia Common Names and Images

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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. 
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Sunday, June 6, 2021

Cane Begonia Collection - March 2021 Updates


INTRODUCTION:

Here are the few types of Cane Begonia Collection:
Begonia ‘Aya’, 
Cane Begonia ‘Maculata wightii’, 
Cane Begonia Hybrid ' Mrs Hashimoto X Maculata wightii, 
Cane Begonia 'Albo-picta', 
Cane Begonia ‘Lucerna’,
 Cane Begonia ‘Torch Red’. 

My focus here is to show their Polka Dot features on their Foliage Structure. 


Some New Information and Updates:

1) Growing Them Together
I find that these do so well grown together instead of placing them apart - somehow these behave very well as community plants - the best is that they look cool and grand when they are grouped together.

2) Less Handled Plants
Like most begonias - these types thrive well when it is treated as See No Touch Plants.
When they are bruised or hard handled - they usually become stressed and stop growing for months, often when the leaves are accidentally folded or crushed the whole leaf tend to turn yellow and dries off - causing distress to the whole plant - Hence, place the plant where there is no traffic or less movement takes place. Even exposed to strong beating on wind or rain water can also damage them.

3) Healthy Cane for Propagation
Do Take Cuttings For Propagation when the Plant is Healthy Not when they are going Dormant or Dying. This is important - Propagation fails when the plant appears to be infected or dying,hence do not take risk when it appears to be too late.

4) Pest Free
The Best part of Cultivating Cane Begonias is unlike Alocasias where they are highly susceptible to spider mite infection when cultivated indoors or even open to fungus attack -Cane Begonia appears to be hardy and Pest Free. However some Rex or Rhizome Begonia may be open for mealy bug infestation due to ants farming on them.











 Apart from this variation.
Other matters are very much similar with the general information about Cane Begonias.

Do click below for more information on Cane Begonias.

Rex Begonia 'Jurassic Green Streak'


INTRODUCTION:

Begonia 'Jurassic Green Streak' is a Rex Begonia has a robust shrublike growth. At the initial appearance of colors it may look more in pale tones. The dark green leaves has rosy red petiole center dot with the main vein running through the foliage. The silver tone blotches on the corrugated foliage features.

Colors may varies due the bright light received - the more light - the more brilliant the colors will appear.




Here is the Begonia growth progress using the leaf propagation -
Here the medium used: Cocopeat mixed with rice husk.
Watering is barely minimum as long as the medium is fairly moist - placed in bright shade away from direct sunlight & heavy downpour rain.








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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.
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Begonia Iron Cross Variegata


INTRODUCTION:

This particular Iron Cross Variegata is very similar with the common one except for the slight dark burgundy border visible along the foliage perimeter. Just like most Iron Cross Begonia Types commonly known as Begonia masoniana - these are highly sensitive plant and a slight mistake can be fatal for this begonia.


CHARACTERISTICS:

After so many trials and error - I must confess that I had totally given up on this particular begonia.
However I must say that the Care and Cultivating this particular one is challenging due to my garden condition that does not support this particular need for them to thrive.

Care Needs:

1) Not Water on the Foliage or Leaves 
This is upmost important as water droplet on the leaves tend to cause the leaves to turn brown. Instead watering should be done on the medium surface only and if possible the best method would be letting the water to sip in from the bottom of the pot drainage hole and once it had received adequate water - the plate or saucer holding the remaining water should be discarded and the next watering should take place only when the medium is dry. Too much water can kill this begonia.

2) Lighting
This particular one thrives in good shade and so too hot bright light especially direct sunlight on them make cause the dark pigment to fade or shrink away - sort of dent lining appears instead of the full cross appearance on the foliage. 

3) Humidity
I must say that this is one of the best plants to grow in green house where the humidity is controlled where overwatering & direct sunlight is well controlled and managed. Hence it would prove challenging but not impossible to grow them in hot and wet tropical climate - it would be impossible though in long term if this plant is exposed to direct hot sun and rain - unlike other begonias like Cane Begonias and Martin Mystery can handle such conditions - this one however does not handle such stress.







One time ago, these begonias were considered rare and difficult to cultivate, however current begonia cultivators and breeders had managed to acclimatized these and made them possible for many collectors to own and enjoy growing them in having many other varieties of this Masoniana Begonia Types.

Begonia Common Names and Images
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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.

Begonia 'Passing Storm'


INTRODUCTION:

Begonia Passing Storm have very strong similarities with Begonia Martin Mystery. The characteristics which notes the growth conditions and the hanging basket plant growing behaviour are very much equivalent that you might say that are like sister plants.

This particular rhizome begonia was introduced by Logee’s Greenhouses known as Begonia Harmony’s ‘Passing Storm’ (Begonia rhizomatous hybrid) Year 1991. The foliage does have the tendency to change coloration from pink tones with the corrugated burgundy silverish tones as they age. It is a bit challenging to describe the foliage characteristics - best view the begonia for better visual description. 

Also it has a strong burgundy under leaf side that give much stronger coloration effect.

photo credit: Abu Hasan Zaleha

Begonia Common Names and Images

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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.

Begonia Listada / The Striped Begonia


INTRODUCTION:

Begonia Listada also known as The Striped Begonia is a species Begonia native to Brazil. 

This particular one is very much a small, slow growing compact type begonia with furry dark green foliage with bright light green rib in the center. Also it has the burgundy undertone at back leaf. It does produce tiny pink inflorescence in between the foliage.

Begonia Listada is not a hardy begonia and so care must be given not to overwater them as they behave very much like a succulent plant. Exposed to direct sun and rain may be fatal for this one.

However there are so much history and research done in many begonia society pertaining to this Begonia Listada and highly favoured begonia among collectors as it does have similarities like a Jewel Orchid foliage - almost emerald like undertones with burgundy tiny hair features on the surface - truly this one is highly sought after.


Begonia Common Names and Images

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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.

Begonia Emeiensis (Mt. Emei Begonia)


INTRODUCTION:

Identifying this particular one was quite challenging as there are not much of information available, more challenging to research whether the information given can even be considered reliable. I must say, 'I spy with my little eye" to determine whether if it is true with limited / incomplete information I can gather and garner and put it up for the common good for everyone advantage for more information and study purpose.

Identifying these particular begonia as Large Green Begonia which is a Rhizome type fall into few categories, some of them have very strong similarities especially Begonia Plebeja & Begonia Popenoei ( Popenoe’s Begonia ) and may also be Lotusland Hybrid Begonia.

The closest reference I believe that this one is known as Begonia emeiensis (Mt. Emei Begonia)

Considered native to China from  Mt. Emei, collected by Dan Hinkley in 1998. This rhizome begonia type, The larger light green - yellow tones without any red or burgundy tones (which is absent) identify that these are very much like the highland types.

This particular begonia is very bushy and sprays out and takes up large space and may not ideal for small garden spaces - and so do consider the needed space when cultivating this particular one. However this one can be considered hardy and have the basic similarities of most begonia needs.




Begonia Common Names and Images

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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.

Star Begonia / Begonia heracleifolia - 'U578'


INTRODUCTION:

This particular type of Begonia is commonly known as Star Begonia often identified as a Gryphon Begonia due to the majestic look of the foliage display. Alternatively it's also known as Pegasus Begonia, all these variants and types are basically labelled as Begonia heracleifolia.

It is easily identified with the Star Shaped big sized foliage - very much behaves like a rhizome begonia which I would consider a hardy plant especially when the plant grows well and had already established itself. Most of these types of Begonia are native plant from Mexico where it had been identified with few other variants and types especially the green leaf types and it's shade. 

Unlike most sensitive types of begonias - this particular type seemed to very hardy and also grows in huge leaf span in the right conditions. These can grow very well in moist soil mix medium. However they also have the tendency to suddenly go dormant and may also wither away if exposed to some sort of stress - And so a lot of care must be given as these are not exposed to sudden stressful matters as such as cats or pets sitting on them, nesting animals turning the begonia pot into a their home - any of those sorts can be fatal for this plant.

I understand there are so many cultivar and hybrids from this particular type which is rather confusing as some of them do revert back to their parentage features given the growing conditions. Hence the identification purpose is very much challenging rather its more identified by begonia plant enthusiast seeking different variations and pattern rather than specific name & identification. There are easily 300-500 different types and variants of this particular Star Begonia - some are already labelled and identified but mostly are lost and generally labelled as Star Begonia / Begonia heracleifolia.

I must also emphasize that the U in Begonia U578 denotes as unidentified begonia with the number attached to it and are placed in a website for collective database for future identification - hence if any botanist / taxonomist were able to identify and able to name them without much confusion or repetition.  

However this particular one may highly be a Hybrid, discovered in Thailand, in Chiang Mai Plant Market - it was purchased in Summer 2007 by by Charles Jaros and Maxine Zinman.

Quoting from:
The American Begonia Society's Unidentified Species Listing

U578: (U number assigned 6/09) Thailand, purchased Chiang Mai, plant market, summer 2007 by Charles Jaros and Maxine Zinman. Rhizomatous, large leaved, lobed, medium green with dark chocolate brown overlay, spotted and streaked, and bordered leaf edge, light green umbo, light green veining. Upper surface scabrous, margins strigose. Undersurface showing green veins, upper chocolate markings are burgundy, red collar at umbo attachment. Stems green with red streaks with one short, stiff, red hair coming from most streaks. Possibly a hybrid. Mary Bucholtz, Charles Jaros



CHARACTERISTICS:

The Main Characteristics here I want to emphasise is the strong Black Borders which appears along the Foliage Lobed Pattern.  This begonia heracleifolia has the black borders which are prominent and show strong visibly along the leaf perimeter and also the black is fully cover on the leaf surface with slight green tones appears on the veins.

This appearance have strong appearance only in shade and may change colors when strongly exposed to bright sunlight. There are also strong burgundy coloration at the back leaf without enveloping the green pigmentation.

This one is very similar to the Begonia Chivalry except for the grandeur leaf formation that is more on the star shape. The dark veins are more pronouns with the green marbled tones in between the veins.








Back Leaf Appearance:
This appearance have strong appearance only in shade and may change colors when strongly exposed to bright sunlight. There are also strong burgundy coloration at the back leaf without enveloping the green pigmentation.




Begonia Common Names and Images

Do click on the Link Above ☝

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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