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Wax Begonia
Scientific Name: Begonia semperflorens Link & Otto
Family: Begoniaceae
Wax Begonia (Begonia  semperflorens) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 14-24 or annual
USDA: 9b-11

Frost Tolerance: Semi tender in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Light shade in Phoenix, darker leaved varieties like more sun

Origin: Brazil

Growth Habits: Perennial, often grown as annual, 6 to 12 inches tall depending on variety (15 to 30 cm)

Watering Needs: Need to be kept in moist but well drained soil to resist Phoenix summers

Propagation: Seeds, cuttings

Wax begonias are one of the most planted annuals in American gardens. The varieties shown on the pictures are 6-8 inches high (15-20 cm) and relatively sun resistant. They are sometimes sold as 'Cocktail mixture'

Wax Begonia (Begonia  semperflorens)

Cultural Practices:
Water deeply during dry weather and fertilize until June, and then after September.

Blooming Habits:
The Semperflorens Begonias produce a lot of flowers from March to October.

Fruiting Habits:

The seeds are extremely small. Start seeds indoor (60 to 75F, 16 to 24C) 16 weeks before planting, set them 6 to 10 inches apart depending on variety.

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