Cutflower Nomenclature

Scientific/Botanical Name:

Genus: Begonia

Specie: B. hiemalis


English Name:


Common Name:

Elatior Begonia

Botanical Family:

Name in Latin: Begoniaceae

Name in English: The Begonia Family

The Plant

Origin: Hybrids of Begonia socotrana (discovered on the island of Socotra, off the coast of East Africa) and tuberous hybrids (with origins from South America)

Growth Habit: Fibrous rooted, forming upright plants ,Herbaceous

Flower: single or double flowers in a wide range of colors.

Blooming Period: spring/summer

Leaf: Shiny/Glossy-Textured


house plant

Care and Handling

Soil: Use a light, well-drained potting media that is high in peat. The pH should be adjusted to 4.9-5.5 and the soluble salts level should be maintained below 100 mhos 10-5.

Amount of water: Keep the soil evenly moist and do not let plant stand in water.

Nutrition: Feed every 3 weeks with a high-phosphorus liquid fertilizer diluted by half while plant is blooming

Special handling: 10-24°C Pinching out the tips when the plants are young will keep them bushy. Removing old flowers and leaves will encourage new blooms and new growth

Special feature/remarks:

Hiemalis begonias are considered 'Flowering Pot Plant Begonias' belonging to the Elatior type hybrids.