Rex Bagonia or 5 - Knowledgebase Question

Myrtle Beach, SC (Zone 8A)
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Question by matrix06
May 8, 2007
I'm not sure if bagonia's are annuals or perennials. I bought some good friday and planted them in my garden that day and they died because of freeze even though I covered them up. I loved them but I cannot find anymore can you tell me where I can find more. I bought a orange one and a white one and a pink and white one at Home Depot but they are out and don't know when or if they are getting anymore. They said that they came from Greenleaf wherever that is. Can you help please?

Answer from NGA
May 8, 2007
Rex begonias would not be expected to survive a frost, even with covering. If you want to save them from year to year they can be brought indoors as houseplants. The perennial begonia is Begonia grandis, the rest would be grown as annuals. I am so sorry you lost yours.

Greenleaf is a wholesale-only grower. Unfortunately I have no way to check on local retail sources for your, however Rex begonias are available by mail order if you have no luck in your local stores.

Logee's, for example, offers a selection. (You may need to cut and paste the complete url into your browser to make it work correctly.)

Here is more information about growing different kinds of begonias in the home garden

Here is information specifically about the Rex begonias and how to grow them, from the American Begonia Society. These are really popular as collectible plants.

I hope you find some begonias.

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