This exceptional hybrid is a cross between rajah and goegoensis. It has kept the leaf shape and size of goegoensis but taken some color and leaf structure from rajah. Depending on conditions, the leaves can range from a pinkish-red to deep purple. It is vigorous but prefers terrarium conditions. It can be grown as a houseplant if humidity is higher (about 60%).
This rhizomatous Begonia hails from Sumatra and is easy to grow. New leaves are red, and keep a subtle red edging when mature. The leaves are very soft, and sort of shimmery. The internodes are short, so it’s appearance remains compact. I’ve been growing it in 100% clay but I think it would do well in many other substrates. Begonias.org suggests an addition of bone meal, with a light porous primary substrate. It does well in temperatures in the 70’s […]