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Begonia fuchsioides care???

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by Amy R. on January 29, 2005 11:03 PM
I just bought a fuschia begonia from my nursery, half-off as it had been sitting around for a while. It's still lovely, if a bit straggly, and I have no idea how to care for it(of course, I can't remember what the guy told me). I'm growing it as a houseplant, but I think traditionally it is grown outside as a perennial. The info I found on the web still left me in the dark, so does anyone have any tips? Much appreciated! [grin]
by Barb Illinois Zone 5 on February 01, 2005 06:16 AM
[wayey] Hi! Begonia fuchsioides is in the "shrub-like" family of begonias. They like night temps no lower that 64F and moderate to bright winter light to enhance foliage color. (They're usually grown for foliage but may have fragrant flowers.)Depending on the variety it may be a seasonal, everblooming or accasional bloomer. To encourage compact growth, pinch out the growing tips twice in the growing season (spring/early summer). They are usually freely branching with erect or semi-erect stemsand the flowers are raceames, like Wisteria. Hold off on repotting unless the plant is root-bound. Use fertilizer only during growing season. Place in a shadey spot in the summer...direct sunlight may burn leaves. Keep the soil moist but not wet.
Hope this helps!

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by Amy R. on February 01, 2005 06:08 PM
Thanks Barb, that was great! And I love your signature, I got that in an email around Christmas time, and it made my day. That's why I'm on my 17th cup of coffee already, LOL.
Anyway, I went back to the nursery this weekend, and found out it is a Begonia Richmondensis, so I was able to find out more specific info on it. But you are right on target, thank you! It really is a lovely plant and I want it to be happy. It has the most delicate, salmon colored flowers on it, too cute. Anyway, it's my baby and I'm going to go fawn over it right now.
Thanks again for the tips!
by Barb Illinois Zone 5 on February 05, 2005 11:09 PM
Looked up the richmondensis and it IS a lovely plant! Glad I could be of help. By the way, the other signature I was thinking of using..."Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most!" Hope that give you another giggle! [Wink]
Barb

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