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Begonia   Skaugum (Begonia bertinii)

Plant just one bulb in a container....A large container... and watch it overflow with lush, dissected, dark green foliage and cascades of blazing red flowers. Keeps blooming all summer and fall.  Reaches about 18" high and spreads out much wider, allowing it to overflow its container in dramatic fashion.

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Plant Types: Bulb, Perennial
Light: Shade to Partial Sun
Height: 10 inches to 1 foot 4 inches
Zones: 2a to 10b
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Seasons: Early summer, Mid summer, Late summer, Early fall, Mid fall, Late fall
Fertilizer: High-Phosphate Fertilizer, Low-Nitrogen Fertilizer, Miracle-Gro® Liquid All Purpose Houseplant Food
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Plant Care

Propagation is done most from leaf, stem or rhizome cuttings. They can be grown from seed, but the seeds are extremely small (has been described as dust-like).

Plant Growth:

Most Begonias do best indoors or in greenhouses as potted plants as they do well with moderate temperatures and humidity. There are several types of Begonias with different growing patterns: cane-type, hardy, Hiemalis (Rieger), multiflora, rex, rhizomatous, semperflorens, shrub like, trailing or climbing, and tuberous Begonias. Although there's a wide variety of Begonia, types they all prefer bright indirect light or filtered sun.


There are many different types of flowers in this Genus, but the largest of them all are in the tuberous Begonia class. Begonias come in almost all colors except for blue.

Soil and Irrigation:

Do best with light, fast draining soils. The soil should be kept moist at all times, but never soggy for very long.


Feed with a balanced liquid fertilizer at alternate waterings during the growing season.  Winter-flowering begonias do better with a low or no nitrogen, high potassium fertilizer.


Plants that prefer humid conditions are often time subject to fungal diseases and Begonias are no exception. Powdery mildew can be a problem.