page is presented by Society Vice Chairman Jeff Rhodes.
Species are botanical plants that grow naturally. When a species begonia
is crossed with another of the same variety the resulting plants will
Hybrids are the result of crossing two different varieties. The only
way to reproduce a hybrid is by vegetative means.
Often referred to as Angel Wing begonias, cane-like begonias are a
popular type of begonia making excellent houseplants. Some will produce
flowers throughout the year whilst others flower at certain times.
Flowers are usually in large clusters.
Plants have erect or semi-erect bamboo-like stems with often long spaces
between nodes. They do not branch easily, but throw new shoots up from
the base. Some will require staking. Prune in late winter or early
spring to keep at the required height.
Select your varieties wisely; some of the Superba
types can grow to 6ft or more, while some of the low growers can be less
Give as much light as you can without burning, even a bit of sun. Not
enough light will produce spindly canes, and will prevent flowering.
Temperature: A temperature of 55 to 85F is ideal, but they will
stand higher temperatures if kept well watered.
Humidity: They prefer a moderate humidity range between 40 and
70% but will tolerate extremes.
Compost: Cane-like begonias like a fairly open compost, deep
heavy clay pots will give stability to the tall growers.
Feeding: Feed with a balanced fertilizer as long as the plants
are active. Some varieties will tend to slow down in winter, do not feed
dormant or semi dormant plants.
Propagation: Usually by stem cuttings.
This is another Brazilian cane-like species.
A rather tall grower but has rather weak
stems. Smooth and glossy angel wing leaves. Clusters of coral-red
flowers are produced throughout the year.
Parentage: - B.'Pinafore' cross
with an unidentified species U062.
flashy hybrid, that grows fast and roots easily from stem cuttings. It
grows with an upright habit On a mature plant, the leaves of B.'Maurice
Amey' can be 8" x 3". The upper surface has olive green veins
with silvery pink dots and blotches between the veins. These blotches
can be rosy red when grown in strong bright light. The leaf is edged
with a serrated silver margin. The medium sized flower clusters are rosy
pink, which turn almost red in strong light. Grow 'Maurice Amey' in very
strong light, even a little sun, to bring out the colour in the leaves
and flowers. Keep a watchful eye for mildew on this variety.
Tuberous / Semi tuberous
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