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Begonia 'Marmorata'

Tuberous begonia

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Key information

Plant type

Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour





Half hardy

Skill level


photo by Graham Strong, copyright GAP Photos (54679)

Plant details

Begonias are great for growing in pots, tubs or at the front of the garden border, providing splashes of summer colour. Along with busy lizzies and fuchsias, are ideal for shady patios as they prefer light shade to full sun. 'Marmorata' has unusual large white and red blooms throughout the summer. Start the tubers off in late February at a temperature of about 15C (60F) and plant out in to their final spot in late May to early June. The tubers can also be overwintered, lift in autumn before the first frosts, and dry them off. Dust with a fungicide and store in a frost-free place.

Family: Begoniaceae

Genus: Begonia

Cultivar: Marmorata

Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 30cm

Spread: 20cm

Time to take cuttings: February to March

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