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Our Way of Growing Rex Plus
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Two Young Lads from Bedford


David Hall

We hope our contribution during 2004 will help new converts to this very interesting and fulfilling hobby.
We are not experts but enthusiasts, we are still learning.
We will from time to time show you the way we grow our Rex, Specie and Cane Begonias.
What we do in our aim to get the best plants.


         Tony Reynolds

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David Hall

   I try to keep a minimum temperature of 50F, Tony about the same. Grow at a temperature you can afford, and possibly choose varieties that will tolerate colder conditions. Our source of heating comes from "Parwin Heaters" also with this you get good air circulation.   In my small greenhouse the minimum temperature is 40F, on cold nights dropping lower.  This greenhouse is where I over-winter Fuchsias, Geraniums, etc.  Some plants of my Begonias were put in there to take a chance. They survive but look a little sick at the moment, but I know they will come back.  Never throw plants away too soon, they may look dead, a bit shrivelled with no leaves but they may just be in a coma (more on this later).

   My plants are kept on the dry side all winter, even in early March when new growth is beginning to appear I still only water sparingly.   I never try to push any plant into growth with feed and extra heat during low light, short day months as this leads to weak, lanky, floppy growth.

 My propagation is mainly by leaves with their stems rooted in water. I now add Perlite, Vermiculite or Grit to the water.  By using just water I found when they were ready for potting the roots just tangled around themselves in a tight bunch.  By adding the above materials they come out in a nice spread position ready for potting into small pots.  After potting they go back onto the potting bench for a couple of weeks to get established.  Small lengths of Rhizomes can be used as can stem cuttings for Canes, etc. These are inserted into compost with added Perlite.

I have also tried the "Flat Leaf Contact" with cuts across the veins. I said I tried so you may gather with not much success, but I do keep trying.

    This plant used to have a B. Merry Christmas label but after seeing other growers' plants with the same label  I removed mine as I was unsure that mine was actually that variety.  This has a good colour leaf and is a strong growing plant so I am keeping it.

Overall shots of David's Greenhouse

Cuttings on heated bench.

B.Fairy


David

Tony Reynolds
MY WAY OF GROWING BEGONIA REX
GALLERY ONE          GALLERY TWO


Tony

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