Begonia Bronzleaf ©

Begonia ‘Bronze Leaf’, Begonia x benariensis ‘Bronze Leaf’ or Bronze Leaf Begonia is easy to grow. It likes moisture but well-drained soil. This begonia grows in shade or sun to about 24 inches. Beautiful pink flowers accent the reddish-bronze leaves. It can be propagated from stem cuttings. Begonia ‘Bronze Leaf’ is categorized as perennial as well as annual. It blooms from spring to fall. Begonia x benariensis is a beautiful border flower it is beautiful in pots on balconies as well.

Begonia ‘Bronze Leaf’ is part of the Begoniaceae family of plants. It is a hybrid Wax Begonia. This hybrid is a cross between angel wing begonia x fibrous begonia F1 hybrids. It is part of the BIG SERIES hybrid seeds introduced by Benary Seed. It comes in three varieties or colors. Red with bronze leaf, Red with green leaf, and Pink with Bronze leaf.

How to grow Begonia ‘Bronze Leaf’:

Light: Begonia ‘Bronze Leaf’ prefers partial shade but can tolerate more sunlight than typical partial shade conditions. Provide a location that receives bright, indirect sunlight for a significant portion of the day. Too much shade can reduce flowering, so aim for a balance between shade and sunlight.

Soil: Plant Begonia ‘Bronze Leaf’ in moderately fertile, well-drained soil. The soil should be loose, allowing water to drain freely and preventing waterlogging. If the soil is heavy or compacted, amend it with organic matter such as compost or peat moss to improve drainage and fertility.

Heat Tolerance: Begonia ‘Bronze Leaf’ exhibits better heat tolerance compared to other begonia varieties. However, in hot summer months, adding a layer of mulch around the plants can help retain moisture in the soil, regulate temperature, and provide some insulation to the roots.

Watering: Maintain a consistent level of moisture for Begonia ‘Bronze Leaf’ without allowing the soil to become soggy. Water thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, ensuring that water penetrates deep into the root zone. Avoid overwatering, as begonias are susceptible to root rot. However, they can tolerate occasional drought, so allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings.

Fertilization: Begonia ‘Bronze Leaf’ benefits from regular fertilization during the growing season. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer or a slow-release granular fertilizer formulated for flowering plants. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application rates and frequency.

Pruning and Deadheading: To encourage bushier growth and prolong flowering, pinch back the tips of the begonia stems. This will stimulate branching and result in a more compact and fuller plant. Additionally, remove spent flowers (deadheading) to redirect the plant’s energy toward new blooms.

Winter Care: Begonia ‘Bronze Leaf’ is not winter hardy and is typically grown as an annual. In colder climates, before the first frost, you can either treat it as a houseplant by bringing it indoors or simply discard the plant and replace it the following season.

By following these care instructions, you can successfully grow Begonia x benariensis ‘Bronze Leaf,’ enjoying its bronze-colored foliage and abundant blooms.

Begonia 'Bronze Leaf'
Bronze Leaf Begonia

Also read about Begonia grandis or Begonia cucullata.

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