Florida Gardening forum: Florida Begonias

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Name: Paul Velasco
Saint Cloud, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Chavez
Apr 20, 2012 5:58 PM CST
So my 'collectoritis' kicked in when I moved to FL 3yrs ago. I saw a photo and just loved the look of cane begonias. Thus my obsession started.

This is a small part of my collection:

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If you have ID's for any plants they are more than welcome.

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I will add more photos later, it is really pouring down right now (YEAH Rain finally!)
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Apr 20, 2012 6:02 PM CST
I fell in love with the cane begonia a few years ago when someone put on a presentation on them at a local rare plant club meeting. I'm currently cleaning out a small portion of the only shaded bed I have and may try one or too soon.

Region: Florida Tropicals Cottage Gardener Plumerias Amaryllis Roses
Salvias
Mangogirl
Apr 20, 2012 6:54 PM CST
Paul,

Did you see my follow-up post in the "Welcome" thread? I posted some links to cane begonias - here's the link: http://garden.org/thread/view_post/244395/

Carol
Name: Paul Velasco
Saint Cloud, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Chavez
Apr 20, 2012 7:15 PM CST
I got the pink one! Just made some cuttings today as the big storm this afternoon decided to prune this begonia. Pot fell off the shelf and I got about 10 good cuttings.

I lost the white one last summer. It did not like the heat and humidity this past summer.

Will post pics of the pink one tommorrow

mocropot
Apr 22, 2012 12:10 PM CST
Paul do you want to trade cuttings?

Region: Florida Tropicals Cottage Gardener Plumerias Amaryllis Roses
Salvias
Mangogirl
Apr 22, 2012 12:37 PM CST
Oooo - lucky you! I can't wait to see photos of your pink one! Are the blooms multicolored like these? Where did you get it?

http://www.saintlucianplants.com/cultivated/begoobli/begoobl...
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http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_fByoXlXcArE/SSgOUr_P3AI/AAAAAAAAAq.... (same as above - 12th photo - but shows it in blog context)

Carol
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 22, 2012 8:01 PM CST
I've got quite a few types of begonias, too. This one came to me as a cutting last fall, along with a few others. They all took and grew right through winter this nice mild year.

This is B. Odorata Alba and yes, it does even have a fragrance
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My other favorite is B. 'Looking Glass' and the leaves are really metallic silver with dark green veins and red reverses.



Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 22, 2012 8:05 PM CST
These are two starts of B. Don Miller with B. Sophie Cecile in the middle.
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My wonderful kids send me plants as gifts. I got B. Good 'n Plenty and B. Bubbles for Christmas this year.
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Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill

mocropot
Apr 23, 2012 7:19 PM CST
Elaine, those are gorgeous plants. I also have B.Sophie Cecile
Name: Paul Velasco
Saint Cloud, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Chavez
Apr 23, 2012 7:41 PM CST
mocropot said:Paul do you want to trade cuttings?


I am not a very good mailer of plants? If you cold guide me in the process I could try.

This wind is killing the tall pink cane begonia. Knocked it over again.

mocropot
Apr 23, 2012 8:20 PM CST
Paul, I am not an expert also, but I think we can make cuttings, wrap it up in a wet paper towel and use a Priority mail Flat Rate Box for $4.90. You can pick up boxes @ the Post office for free.
How does it sound to you? You can share any other ideas.

Helen……..

Region: Florida Tropicals Cottage Gardener Plumerias Amaryllis Roses
Salvias
Mangogirl
Apr 24, 2012 8:15 AM CST
The key to sending plants inexpensively is to send them First Class rather than Priority Mail. It will only cost you $1.95 - $3.65 in postage. The key is to get the weight below 13 oz. If the plant is heavy (like amaryllis bulbs), you need it to arrive quickly (First Class mail can take an extra day), or you don't want to flatten your plant because it needs to arrive in show-quality specimen condition, then this is not the method for you. I have successfully used it for cuttings many times.

https://www.usps.com/ship/first-class.htm? - Scroll down to "Packages".

Carol
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 24, 2012 8:18 AM CST
Guys, I got some perfect begonia cuttings in the mail last fall from a friend in SC. She just cut them and slipped them into a ziploc bag, then blew air into the bag to inflate it, and sealed it up. Kept the cuttings moist, and also protected them in the box. A little damp paper towel around the cut ends is good, too.

Also, it's important to mail by Priority Mail on Monday or Tuesday so that the cuttings don't sit around in the post office over the weekend. As we get into hotter weather, keep an eye on the temperatures, too. Don't mail when the weather's going to be hot, or too cold either. This time of year, and the fall are best times to mail plants and cuttings. Days not too hot, nights not too cold.

Well, except maybe tonight if you're up north . . . Cool for April, huh?
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill

mocropot
Apr 25, 2012 7:07 PM CST
Thank you so much Elaine and Carol, Good information. I am open to trade cuttings.
Elaine, I was actually surprise when I got outside this AM, it was chilly for end of April
Name: Paul Velasco
Saint Cloud, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Chavez
Apr 26, 2012 7:01 PM CST
Sounds easy enough. Maybe next week we can try some trading. My schedule this week is shot with work to do any shipping.
Name: John Mehner
Central Florida zone 9 (Zone 9b)
Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Florida
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ApopkaJohn
Jun 3, 2012 2:27 AM CST
we have the wild begonia growing around here. volunteer re-seeds if you let it go.

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Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Jun 3, 2012 7:53 AM CST
Pretty, I didn't know we had wild begonias in Florida.

mocropot
Jun 24, 2012 2:38 PM CST
blooming today, to bright up this rainy Sunday

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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 20, 2012 2:54 PM CST
B. Odorata Alba is the success story of my garden this year. Grew it from a cutting I got last fall, and it is now 3ft. high and 4ft wide in this big hanging basket. It has a lovely soft fragrance in the mornings, too.

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Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill

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