Special collection: Begonias

FOLIAGE BEGONIAS

The begonia genus of over 1000 species has given rise to over 10,000 hybrids and cultivars. This gives some idea of the variety and the popularity of these plants.  They can be divided into bedding plants, indoor plants, and foliage plants, but many species are suitable for all three purposes. Begonias are widespread in tropical and subtropical regions and most are frost tender while some are half hardy. They have three root forms, some growing from tubers, some from rhizomes, while the rest have fibrous roots. The tuberous species are mostly deciduous, while the rest are evergreen or partially so.

Begonias grow in light, well-drained neutral to slightly acid potting compost, in bright light, with shade from the hottest sun.  Water moderately when in growth, sparingly in winter, and apply a balanced fertilizer regularly in the season.  Many begonias can be planted in the garden but also make good indoor or patio plants.  All species and some cultivars can be propagated by seeds, but we propagate all our plants from leaf and stem cuttings in spring and summer. Some tufted and rhizomatous sorts may also be divided, and tubers may be cut into sections after they have started to grow.

At Petal Faire Nursery we collect, propagate and sell the foliage begonias which have asymmetrical leaves in a wide variety of shapes and colours.  These are divided into tuberous, Rex type and cane stemmed begonias.

I started collecting begonias around 2012, more as a response to many enquiries, than from any enthusiasm on my part. I have always been loath to get involved with “soft indoor type” plant, hence my initial hesitation in growing streptocarpus.  However I have been fascinated by the wonderful array of begonias that are available and once we managed to propagate our own we were just hooked!  Please enjoy our extensive selection of fabulous plants.

Begonia aerolata

Description: A tuberous begonia with large notched olive green leaves. Sprays of white flowers in summer. One of the toughest and hardiest begonias.

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R90.00  |  This item is currently out of stock.

Begonia Antoons butterfly

Description: A tough rhizomatous begonia with scalloped shiny dark leaves.

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Begonia bowarae var bowarae

Description: Rhizomatous eyelash begonia with small light green leaves with dark lines and fringed with hairs. Sprays of white flowers in spring.

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Begonia Cathedral

Description: A rhizomatous begonia with ruffled cupped almost transparent "windows"! Long stalked pink flowers in summer. 12cm pots

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Begonia cf barkeri

Description: A large plant with huge, dull dark green very round leaves. White flowers on long stems. Looking for the correct name for this plant.

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R200.00  |  This item is currently out of stock.

Begonia Christa verde

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Begonia convolvulaceae

Description: Scrambling climbing begonia with large glossy green leaves. Sprays of white flowers in spring. 20cm pot

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Begonia dregei

Description: Endangered tuberous indigenous begonia with a caudex and small spotted leaves. Pendulous white flowers. I am not sure about this name.

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Begonia fuchsioides - pink

Description: A delicate shrub like begonia with shiny green leaves and panicles of drooping pink flowers all season.

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Begonia fuchsioides - red

Description: A delicate shrub like begonia with shiny green leaves and panicles of drooping red flowers all season.

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Begonia gehrtii

Description: Rhizomatous begonia with a short erect stem. Large glossy pale green leaves with a bubbly texture. White flowers in summer

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R150.00  |  This item is currently out of stock.

Begonia Helen Teupel

Description: A rhizamotous rex type begonia. Silver marked leaves with large indentations. Clusters of pink flowers in spring. A strong grower.

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Begonia heracleifolia - nigricans

Description: A rhizomatous begonia with large palmate leaves with varying shades of green and a contrasting darker border.

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Begonia Limeade

Description: Lime green leaves with a brown edge. Small and compact.

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Begonia luxurians

Description: Very rare upright cane like begonia with long palm like leaves. Clusters of cream flowers. Very special. 12cm pots

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Begonia Madame vanderwilt

Description: A cane stemmed begonia with large serrated light green leaves with white spots. Red edges and red centre.

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Begonia manicata

Description: Tuberous with rounded variegated leaves. Panicles of light pink flowers.

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Begonia metalica

Bloom/flower colour: Pink

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Begonia Mr Hunt

Description: A cane stemmed begonia with palmate leaves. The very large leaves are silver with a green overlay. Pink flowers in summer.

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Begonia Orococco

Description: A gorgeous trailing begonia with textured ivy-shaped leaves. The leaves are bright green with a reddish edge. Sprays of delicate white flowers. Good for a hanging basket.

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Begonia Regal minuet

Description: A gorgeous compact rex type begonia. Silver markings changing to a dark pink.

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Begonia solananthera

Description: A cascading begonia with shiny round leaves. Clusters of scented white flowers in winter

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R50.00  |  This item is currently out of stock.

Begonia sutherlandii

Description: A soft indigenous tuberous bulb. Lovely for moist shade and containers. Small orange red flowers all season. Easily propagated from small bulblets that form on the soft stems later in the season.

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R75.00  |  This item is currently out of stock.

Begonia Thrush

Description: A dainty rhizomatous begonia with raised white stipules on a reddish leaf.

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R40.00  |  This item is currently out of stock.

Begonia Tiger Paws

Description: A low growing eyelash begonia with dark leaves with paw like markings. Dense clusters of white flowers on long stalks in spring.

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R60.00  |  This item is currently out of stock.

Begonia Tinsel

Description: A rex type begonia with smallish ovate leaves. Green with red veining and silver spots. Tough

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