Although the common name of this plant, winter-flowering begonia, suggests that it flowers only in the winter, improvements in breeding mean that it is now available in flower all year round. It is fibrous- rooted, with flowers that can be single or double, and can range in color from white to pink, yellow, orange, or red.
The leaves are usually glossy, pale green, but plants with darker flowers also tend to have darker, more bronzy foliage. This group of begonias is of garden origin.
Size: Height 18 in. (45 cm), spread 2 ft. (50 cm).
Light: Indirect sunlight.
Temperature: Normal room.
Moisture: Keep the soil mix moist, but not wet.
Feeding: Use standard liquid fertilizer every two weeks in spring and summer.
Propagation: Take tip cuttings. 5—4 in. (7—10 cm) long, from non-flowering shoots.
Special needs: Direct sunlight mat cause scorching to the leaves. Over watering can cause rotting.