This Begonia is a popular and highly colourful plant that can provide a showy display for a very long time, often remaining in flower for several months. The plant can be used to brighten up a windowsill in virtually any room. One of its few weaknesses is that the growth is very floppy and rather brittle. Unsupported, the stems can easily sag and snap off. One other problem with this Begonia is its susceptibility to pests and diseases. A careful check should be kept for aphid, and any fading and dead flowers should be cleanly removed to prevent infection by diseases. Old leaves and other damaged tissue should be treated similarly.

Plant type : Flowering plant with erect, busy habit
Season of interest : Spring and summer
Size : 15-30cm (6 —12in)
Flower : 4-5cm (1|-2in), red, pink or orange
Leaf : Rounded heart-shaped with slightly serrated edge, 5-10cm (2—4in), fleshy, green, crinkled
Temperature : 15 - 19°C (59-66°F)
Aspect/Light : Well-lit situation with some exposure to sunlight
Humidity : Moderate to high
Watering : Evenly moisten compost in spring and summer, allowing to dry a little before re-watering; keep on dry side in autumn and winter
Feeding : Once every two to three weeks with flowering plant fertilizer in spring and summer
Propagation : Plant 7.5-10cm (3—4in) tip cuttings in seed and cutting compost at 20-21°C (68—70°F) in spring and summer
Potting : Houseplant potting compost
Problems : Aphid, botrytis, mildew
Availability : Commonly available in spring and summer
Uses indoors : Excellent windowsill plant for almost any room; good in kitchen