(Rhizomatous) Velvet cupped leaves tomato red beneath; thus this Brazilian is known as the "Ruby Begonia." Texture is wonderful on this handsome plant--because it is so succulent, it tolerates much lower humidity than most, even flourishing in outdoor summer containers. While traditionally a pot subject indoors, try growing this self heading species in a hanging basket so the remarkable red underleaves are shown to advantage when viewed from below. Because of high light requirements, some consider this best as a greenhouse subject; although does well enough on a sunny windowsill.
|Cultural Code||HP TGH|
Some of you grow only indoors, some only in terrariums; many of you have hobby greenhouses; while a growing number of customers live in subtropical or tropical areas of the world. These brief codes are an attempt to suggest whether or not a particular plant will do well in your particular conditions.
If an entry has the cluster HP CGH, this means normal house plant culture will be successful if the plant is given a cool CGH moist location; however if the entry has the cluster CGH HP, you would interpret this to suggest that while Cool Greenhouse conditions are needed for total success with this plant, House Plant conditions will be adequate, while not ideal. If the cluster is HH CGH you would interpret this to mean that while in Zone 8 or below this will be winter hardy outdoor, further north it will need considerable mulch, a cold frame, or a Cool Greenhouse to thrive. And so on.×