- Flowering Time
- Planting Time
- Lift After Flowering Season
- Perfect For
- Pots & Tubs
- Small Garden & Balcony
- Flowering Height
- 20-30 cm
- Bulb Size
- 6/+ cm
- Whites & Creams
- Pinks & Pastels
Begonia Bouton de Rose
The flawless, rose-like blooms of begonia ‘Bouton de Rose’ look as though they have been crafted from the finest icing, outlined in red ink with a thin brush. Soft pink and ivory petals appear to shimmer and glow as they catch in the light.
This unusual begonia looks spectacular when planted to fill and spill from the sides of summer containers, blooming in profusion from May until September. The beauty of these large, lush blooms is enhanced by attractive coppery-green foliage. Occasionally, you will spot single, rather than double blooms with tiny golden centres – a wonderful contrast sitting next to their blowsy siblings.
Begonia tubers should be started in March or April, in a cold frame or greenhouse.
Choose a pot with a 20cm diameter and several holes in the bottom for drainage. Fill it with rich, good quality compost, leaving a 5cm gap from the rim. Plant your Begonia tuber with the hollow side uppermost, ensuring it sits 2.5cm below the soil surface. Water consistently, keeping the soil evenly moist, but not waterlogged. Place the pot undercover, in a shaded area with temperatures around 18-24°C and shoots will soon start to appear.
Once the danger of frost has passed, usually around the beginning of June, Begonias can be planted out.
Begonias will reach a height of 30-45cm, boasting vibrant, showy blooms ideal for patio containers and hanging baskets.
In October, lift the tubers, remove faded foliage and store in a frost-free place, in dry compost or wood shavings.