Begonia bogneri is one of the most attractive, short-stemmed tuberous perennial plants. It has a pink to yellowish stem that grows up to 1.5 inches tall and forms a weekly tuberous base, tuft-forming. The stringy leaves are around 2 mm wide and 15 cm long, like green grass and margins with small irregularly spaced spicules. Begonia bogneri has male and female flowers. The inflorescence is 6 inches tall with 1 or 2 male flowers and one female flower. The blossoms are pink and the male blossoms have 4 petals, while the female blossoms have 6 petals. The blossoms are usually produced in early and mid-summer.
Scientific Name: Begonia bogneri
Common Name: Begonia
How to grow and maintain Begonia bogneri:
It grows well in bright indirect sunlight originating from a south, east, or west window. It also thrives under fluorescent lights.
It requires a well-drained, peat moss-based soil, such as African violet potting mix.
Water your plant regularly during the growing season and always keep the soil evenly moist but never allow your plant to sit in water. You can allow the top 1 inch of soil to dry out between each watering. During the winter months, reduce watering.
Begonia bogneri prefers an average room temperature of 65 – 75 degrees Fahrenheit / 18 – 24 degrees Celsius. Iron cross begonia is not cold-tolerant and can be harmed by temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit / 13 degrees Celsius.
Fertilize monthly with a 10-10-5 liquid compost diluted by half. Fertilize when the soil is already moist to avoid fertilizer burn. Do not feed your plant during the dormant period.
Begonia bogneri can be easily propagated by stem cuttings or leaf cuttings. Take three inches to stem cuttings with leaves in early summer and root them in a moist, sterile potting blend. Cover with plastic or a glass cloche to raise the humidity around it until new leaves form.
Pests and Diseases:
There is no serious pest or disease problems. Begonia bogneri is susceptible to attacks from spider mites, mealybugs, and aphids.