Begonia 'Art Hodes'
Common Name: begonia
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Begoniaceae
Zone: 10 to 11
Height: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Spread: 0.75 to 1.00 feet
Bloom Time: May to October
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Suggested Use: Annual
Flower: Showy

Culture

Tender perennial that is winter hardy to USDA Zones 10-11. In St. Louis, it is grown as an annual. It is noted for its tolerance to hot and humid summers. It is easily grown in average to moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers sun dappled part shade and a good mulch in hot summer climates. Plants tolerate considerable shade, but are generally of more open form and less floriferous therein. Plants are best with consistent moisture throughout the growing season, but allow soils to dry between waterings. Plants tolerate periods of drought due to their thick leaves which help minimize water loss in hot weather. Purchase starter plants or take cuttings from overwintered plants. Set plants out after last frost date. Space plants well to promote good air circulation and to reduce potential fungal disease problems. Container plants may be cut back in fall and overwintered indoors in a cool location with reduced watering.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Begonia is a genus of about 1,300 species of annuals, perennials, shrubs and climbers. Most have fleshy stems. Some produce underground tubers or rhizomes. They are grown for their showy flower or colorful leaves; some for both. Begonias can be divided into 7 informal groups by growth habit: Cane-stemmed, Rex-cultorum, Rhizomatous, Sempervirens, Tuberous, Winter-flowering, and Shrub-like.

Rex-cultorum Group, commonly called rex begonias, are mainly evergreen begonias resulting from crossing Begonia rex with other species. They are usually rhizomatous and can vary in size and habit. They are grown primarily for their showy foliage.

Genus name honors Michael Begon (1638-1710), Governor of French Canada.

Group name means outstanding for their showy leaves.

'Art Hodes' is a compact, bushy, mounded, fibrous-rooted begonia that features fleshy stems, pebbled grape-shaped leaves with fine red hairs, and loose clusters (cymes) of small white flowers. It typically grows to 12-18" tall. Flowers reliably bloom throughout the growing season (May to October).

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems. Susceptible to bacterial leaf spot, powdery mildew, blight and stem/crown rot. Watch for mealybugs and thrips. For more information see: Problems Common to Many Indoor Plants

Garden Uses

Containers, hanging baskets and window boxes. Annual for beds, borders and foundations.