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Begonia serratipetala
  • RHS AGM

A bushy evergreen perennial to 45cm high, with long, deeply toothed ovate leaves, dark green flushed with red, and with raised pink spots. Produces small clusters of rose-pink flowers throughout the year

Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Green Red Pink
Summer Pink Green Red Pink
Autumn Pink Green Red Pink
Winter Pink Green Red Pink
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1B
Botanical details
Family
Begoniaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Begonia can be annuals, evergreen or deciduous perennials or shrubs, with fibrous, tuberous or rhizomatous roots and usually asymmetrical leaves, often strikingly patterned, and small or large flowers, both male and female in the same cluster

Name status

Correct

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in light, well-drained potting compost in full light with shade from hot sun. In winter, keep temperatures above 17°C (63°F). Water moderately when in growth; avoid waterlogging. See begonias: houseplants for more detailed advice

Propagation

Propagate by seed or by softwood stem or leaf cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

Pinch out the growing tips twice during the growing season to encourage a compact, bushy shape

Pests

May be susceptible to caterpillars, mealybugs, mites, thrips, vine weevils and aphids

Diseases

May be susceptible to grey moulds, powdery mildews and stem rot

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