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BEGONIA 'Fortune Salmon'

Image of Begonia 'Fortune Salmon' (Tuberhybrida Group, FORTUNE SERIES)

Family

Begoniaceae

Botanical Name

BEGONIA 'Fortune Salmon'( Tuberhybrida Group, FORTUNE SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Fortune Salmon Tuberous Begonia, Tuberous Begonia

General Description

The 'Fortune Salmon' tuberous begonia is an impressively flowering plant with very large, double (extra petals), salmon-orange blossoms. It is and upright, bushy plant with tight foliage. The Tuberhybrida Group is a collection of hybrids derived from species native to the Andes Mountains of South America. Plants arise from winter-dormant root tubers. The grandiose flowers are produced in summer, and set among open, succulent stems across the plant. They are produced in a cluster of three buds, with two smaller female flowers next to the larger, fully double and showier male flower. Leaves are fleshy, jagged, pointed, glossy and medium green in color and held on upright, sturdy stems.

Tuberous begonias need a rich but well-drained soil in a partially shaded location. They should receive direct sunlight only early in the morning. Because these are very tender tropical plants, they are most often grown in containers indoors or outdoors, or, if planted in the ground, in areas with warm winters and comfortable (not overly hot) summers. Excessive heat and humidity in summer will diminish and eventually wither these begonias, even though this series is best suited for areas with hotter summers. When plants begin to yellow in the autumn after flowering, reduce watering to induce the natural winter dormancy. In cold climates, this is the time that the tubers should be lifted and stored inside in a cool, dry location until buds reappear in the spring. They may be replanted in pots or outdoors once danger of frost has passed and soil temperatures are warm.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade

  • Height

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Salmon

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No