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BEGONIA (GUM DROP™ SERIES, Semperflorens Cultorum Group)

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James Burghardt

Family

Begoniaceae

Botanical Name

BEGONIA( Semperflorens Cultorum Group, GUM DROP™ SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Fibrous Begonia

General Description

Gum Drop begonias are compact, bushy wax begonias with doubled flowers. These popular bedding plants are evergreen perennials in tropical to sub-tropical zones and are grown as warm-season tender perennials in temperate zones. Easy to grow and ever-blooming, members of the Gum Drop Series produce many, waxy, double flowers that come in a variety of colors to include red, orange, rose, pink and white. Plants are tidy and self branching and do not require pinching.

These begonias prefer full to partial sun and well drained, average soil. It is best to let them dry out between watering to reduce fungal disease problems. Wax begonias are perfect for mixed borders, containers and hanging baskets. In colder zones, they can be brought indoors to overwinter.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    6"-10" / 15.2cm - 25.4cm

  • Width

    6"-8" / 15.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Red, Orange, Rose

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    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

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No