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DESCRIPTION: An outstanding begonia, producing large colorful blooms all season; very heat tolerant, excellent for containers and hanging baskets; deadheading not necessary.
BOTANICAL NAME: Begonia 'Illumination Apricot Shades'
GROUP/CLASS: Tuberous Begonia
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 20 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD:
SUN EXPOSURE: Partial shade to Shade
FLOWER COLOUR: Peach with orange overtones
FLOWERING TIME: Mid-Spring to Mid-Fall
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Green
COLD HARDINESS: Annual
WATER NEEDS: Average
OTHER FEATURES: Deer Resistant
Illumination® Apricot Shades Begonia features dainty peach frilly flowers with orange overtones and buttery yellow streaks at the ends of the stems from mid spring to mid fall. Its succulent pointy leaves emerge light green in spring, turning green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Illumination® Apricot Shades Begonia is an herbaceous annual with a trailing habit of growth, eventually spilling over the edges of hanging baskets and containers. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Illumination® Apricot Shades Begonia is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Illumination® Apricot Shades Begonia will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. The flower stalks can be weak and so it may require staking in exposed sites or excessively rich soils. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.
This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Illumination® Apricot Shades Begonia is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. Because of its trailing habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.
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