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BEGONIA (NONSTOP™ MOCCA MIX)

Image of Begonia (NONSTOP™ MOCCA MIX, Tuberhybrida Group, NONSTOP™ SERIES)

James H. Schutte

Family

Begoniaceae

Botanical Name

BEGONIA( NONSTOP™ MOCCA MIX, Tuberhybrida Group, NONSTOP™ SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Mocca Mix Tuberous Begonia, Tuberous Begonia

General Description

Big, double blossoms on upright, bushy plants with bronzed foliage that is slightly more heat tolerant than most tuberous begonias--that describes the Non-Stop Mocha Mix. They belong to the Tuberhybrida Group, a collection of begonia hybrids derived from mountain-growing species native to the South American Andes. Plants arise in spring from winter-dormant root tubers and flower in the full color array, of the Non-Stop Series,from white through yellow and orange to red. These extravagant flowers are produced from summer to mid-autumn, and are 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, usually double and showier male flower. Leaves are fleshy, jagged and pointed, glossy and dark or medium green in color, many with flashes of red or bronze.

Tuberous begonias need a rich but well-drained soil in a partially shaded garden location. They should receive direct sunlight only early in the morning. Because these are tender tropical plants, they are most often grown in containers indoors, or if outdoors, 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

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade

  • Height

    6"-10" / 15.2cm - 25.4cm (8)

  • Width

    6"-10" / 15.2cm - 25.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • 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

    White, Yellow, Red, Orange, Lemon Yellow, Pink, Salmon, Dark Red, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Dark Green, Bronze

  • 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

    Yes

  • 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