New Begonia Introductions For 2013

Begonia boliviensis ‘Santa Cruz Sunset’ from Benary

Benary's 'Santa Cruz Sunset' begonia

An alternative to cutting raised varieties, ‘Santa Cruz Sunset’ has a compact, upright habit during production. It is drought and rain-tolerant and thrives in full sun and shade. Fiery bright red-orange bell-shape flowers cover plants.
Height: 12 to 16 inches
Spread: 16 to 20 inches


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3 comments on “New Begonia Introductions For 2013

  1. What kind of summer heat tolerance do these new Tuberous types have? Are they only adapted for areas where with moderate summer temps? Has there been breeding improvement for hot summers, and how much heat will they take? Do they potentially open new markets?

  2. All tuberous do not tolerate extreme heat with humidity. I am in Tampa Bay, and by June they melt. Period. In areas with drier summers they do much better, but prefer a drop in temp at night. As Horticultural Correspondent for the American Begonia Society, I have experience!

  3. I notice that some of these new begonia cultivars are now all-male plants, with no female flowers at all. First time I’ve seen this sort of thing with begonia, and it is unfortunate, to say the least. They have managed to take a very low-allergen, low-pollen plant, and come up with just the opposite. Take a close look at ‘Sparks Will Fly’….nothing but male flowers.

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