Painted-Leaf Begonia 'Green Sparkles'
Begonia rex 'Green Sparkles'
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3 years to reach maturity
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Painted-Leaf Begonia 'Green Sparkles' Overview
Begonia rex 'Green Sparkles' lies in the Rex Cultorum Horticultural Group, this grouping contains rhizomatous hybrids and cultivars with attractive leaf colourations, that have been bred from the species Begonia rex. This evergreen perennial cultivar typically grows to around 30cm tall, producing large, oval, spiralling foliage coloured green with attractive silver spots on the upper surface and red colouration on the undersides. Foliage is covered in stiff white hairs and overall this cultivar forms a compact, relaxed plant. Grown indoors as a houseplant for its striking foliage.
Common problems with Painted-Leaf Begonia 'Green Sparkles'
A simple cure for some of these insects is to spray the affected areas with a little dishwashing liquid, mixed with water, in a spray bottle (make routine sprays if the pests are persistent). Prevent powdery mildew by spraying with a registered fungicide.
How to harvest Painted-Leaf Begonia 'Green Sparkles'
Generally not harvested.
How to propagate Painted-Leaf Begonia 'Green Sparkles'
Leaf cuttings: cut a healthy leaf in early summer. Starting at the base of the leaf and using the veins as a guide, cut the leaf into triangular sections, ensuring the central veins stay intact. Insert the tip of each section into compost, ensuring the main vein is in contact with the growing medium and the leaf is upright. Keep covered and place on a bright windowsill where the temperature remains between 16 to 27°C. Roots should appear within two months. Take softwood cuttings of about 10 cm and root in a glass of water.
Divide Begonia rhizomes in early spring just as the plant starts to put on more growth. Make sure each section has one or more growing points and replant straight away.
Special features of Painted-Leaf Begonia 'Green Sparkles'
Attractive, brightly coloured foliage.
Good container plants for growing in the home as houseplants.