Begonia 'Illumination Scarlet'

Begonia 'Illumination Scarlet'

Begonia

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Begonia 'Illumination Scarlet'
  • Common name: Begonia
  • Plant type: Perennial

Height: 30cm

Spread: 30cm

  • Features: Flowers

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Tuberous begonias are renowned for their bright colours and long flowering season. Male and female flowers are borne separately on the same plant, with male flowers being more elaborate than the female. Tuberous begonias produce masses of flowers, and are ideal for growing in baskets and pots.

Begonia ‘Illumination Scarlet’ bears large, pendent, bright red blooms on a bushy, cascading plant with fresh green foliage. It’s perfect for growing in pots and hanging baskets, and thrives in full sun to shade. For best results keep plants well watered, and feed fortnightly with a high-potash fertiliser to prolong flowering. Lift tubers in autumn, before the first frosts, and store in barely moist soil or sand in a frost-free shed. Water the tubers occasionally to stop them drying up.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Purgative if ingested

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