"Dusty Rose"

boothbay(7)December 17, 2012

This is what I read is a new Begonia...called Solenia Begonia. It is constantly blooming outdoors and now indoors. Here is today's picture where I am showing them in bloom. Its interesting in the differences as you can see...one is completely 'opened' and the other 2 look like a rosette...both attractive. I wonder why the differences in this one plant? The culture is really a puzzle, for me anyway..."Water daily"? even indoors during winter?"Water soluble fertilizer every 2 weeks." Nothing is mentioned about doing this seasonal, or all year around. The one thing I don't like about this plant is that it has basal growth which certainly makes the pot bushy, i can hardly see the soil. LOL

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Are you talking about instructions that came with the plant? Your instincts are probably far superior.

That's a REALLY PRETTY plant!! I bet the difference is male vs. female flowers.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 11:22AM
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I didn't know what a 'Solenia' begonia was until Lowe's catalog arrived. They have it and some other begonias listed on a few pages as annuals and this is one of them. The plant (Solenia) is a cross between a semp (wax begonia) and a tuberous begonia, looks as though it has small, double flowers, it is named 'Dark Pink'.
You can check it out on www.logees.com.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2013 at 8:46AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

This sounds like a really cool plant, as well as appearing so pretty. I don't do mail order but will be looking in person!

The quote marks in the subject of this thread made it (the subject line) disappear in the email. Interesting coding quirk of the internet (so I removed them when I replied.)

    Bookmark   January 11, 2013 at 11:46AM
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gregsytch(z9b Tampa Bay)

Solenias were created as a type of long lived annual, crossing in some tuberous/heimalis parentage. With good culture they can last and also be planted outdoors come spring. NEVER water a begonia daily as they prefer some drying out. The light level looks very good. ENJOY!

    Bookmark   January 11, 2013 at 8:42PM
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