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how much shade can it tolerate?

Posted by rouge21 5b (My Page) on
Mon, Oct 10, 11 at 19:37

I have a corner garden which has an arc as its front border.

For the past several years I have used only shade or only New Guinea Impatiens for the border (along the arc) but this past summer I saw (in other people's gardens) more impressive borders consisting of some.... (semperflorens?) begonia. I would love to make the jump to this next summer but my border experiences varying amounts of sun ie from shade to dappled sun to part sun.

How much shade can such begonias tolerate and flourish?

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RE: how much shade can it tolerate?

Depends on the begonia and the amount of shade you are talking about. Some begonias will do well in shade but may not bloom while others will simply fade away and die. Only way to find out is try it.

RE: how much shade can it tolerate?

So I take it most 'garden variety' (semperflorens) begonia require more sun than a shade impatiens?

RE: how much shade can it tolerate?

Lots of people put semps in full sun in our area (Atlanta) which is usually a big mistake because they bake in the hot, dry sun - maybe if they were watered daily they'd do okay. Too much shade though may grow the biggest leaves but I don't know how the blooms would be. If you have dappled sunlight then they should do great.

RE: how much shade can it tolerate?

Are you talking about Wax Begonias? Leaves are green or purple?
They thrive in full sun. In fact, they need the very brightest light bloom. They'll do okay in shade, but can grow spindly, and might not flower as fluently if in too shady a spot.

When I plant Wax Begonias in front, they get direct west, south and north light. Toni

RE: how much shade can it tolerate?

I d on't know of any purple leaf wax begonias - maybe bronze leaf.

In the south you don't want to plant wax begonias in full sun - lots of folks do, but they eventually look like crap. Maybe in the north they can be planted in full sun without a lot of fanfare. Maybe if they kept them watered every other day then they would look good but most look like they need to be yanked out and replaced with something else by mid June.

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