Begonia Bonfire

Bonfire® begonia’s time to shine is during the warmer months of the year. It covers itself in a shower of bright red-orange flowers, held over its handsome deep-green foliage, so that the plant becomes a cascade of brilliant colour. Begonia Bonfire is easy to grow, doesn’t need maintenance, it’s happy both in sun to part shade and stands up to the occasional summer rainstorm. This is a glorious plant for where a mass of colour is needed with little or no care.

FLOWERS & FOLIAGE FLOWERS & FOLIAGE

Bonfire Begonias form a cascading mound of rich green, serrated-edged foliage with a flash of red at the margins. From spring through summer, up to half the bush is covered in bright red-orange flowers 5 mm (⅕") long and across. In heavy shade, flowers may be fewer but larger.

PLANTING TIPS PLANTING TIPS

Whether grown in the ground or in a container, these begonias grow in full sun to partial shade. Plant 40-50 cm (16-20") apart in well drained friable soil or potting mix. For a more compact growth habit, pinch the tips to encourage further branching. To reinvigorate your plants, dig, divide and re plant the tubers every three years.

WAYS TO USE THEM WAYS TO USE THEM

Begonia Bonfire looks good in any setting: in hanging baskets, in large containers, as foundation plantings along the base of walls or beside entrance steps. When they are planted en masse they are an astonishing sight.

SHAPE & SIZE SHAPE & SIZE

Fabulous flowers aside, these begonias grow into a terrific rounded profile, forming the perfect framework to display the flower show in the warmer months. Expect them to grow to 50 cm wide and high in the ground or in larger containers.

FOOD & WATER FOOD & WATER

Begonias do appreciate being kept moist throughout the growing season so be sure to keep an eye on containers and hanging baskets. For the maximum floral show, use a flower booster controlled release fertiliser in spring.

PESTS & DISEASE PESTS & DISEASE

These begonias know how to look after themselves and aren’t generally bothered by pests, though white fly can sometimes cause some damage. While they like to be kept moist, if grown in heavy wet soils that don’t drain freely, stems can rot from fungal diseases.

Landscaper tips

  • Thanks to its cascading growth habit and big-impact flower show, Begonia Bonfire is a brilliant performer in hanging baskets
  • Plant at 40 cm (16″) spacings to achieve a dense mass of brilliant colour in summer: in cooler months, the foliage is itself a feature
  • In large mixed containers, plant Bonfire to spill over the container rim for a florist effect to the grouping
  • Large, deep window boxes can be filled to brilliant effect
  • Maintenance is low where plants are left to grow naturally; pinch tips to promote a more dense growth habit
  • Add Begonia Bonfire to vertical gardens for impact and interest or just to refresh

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