checking my Begonia varieties~ordering new for next season!
Well, i was going to add a picture of one of my own plants but it looks as if i can only choose one of the last 10 photos (and i cant see what actual picture i’m picking). Oh well Ice mint is a variety that i have ordered for next season (fingers crossed).
At this time of year i always look through the Begonia Society booklets to see which varieties have done well at the shows, compare it with my list of varieties that i have and decide which to keep, although to be honest it would have to be a really bad plant to just be thrown away. Once the tubers get too big i use them as stock plants if they are needed, or throw them. If there are varieties that are not doing well at shows i will decide whether i like it – sometimes there are some lovely plants that don’t do well at shows. If i choose to get rid i don’t throw the plant, i will just put a cross on my list of varieties and then stop taking cuttings next year, meaning that it will sort of fade out of my collection. I always have to get rid of some if i’m ordering some new ones just to make room for the new ones. This year i shall be looking at which foilage plants looked good on the stand. The foilage plants i had last year were: Red Robin, Silver Cloud, Escargot, Midnight Magic, Morning Dew, Curly Fireflush, Iron Cross, Silver Lace, Red Dragon, Fireworks, Silver Jewel, Tiger Kitten, Painted Lady. I also purchased a Spotted Angel wings near the end of the season – see what happens with that one, i think it’s a cane Begonia. Pendula varieties Aztec Gold, Babylon & Apricot Shades which i don’t think i will be keeping. Flamboyant, which is a flowering variety tuber but not double tuberous, which i will keep. The double tuberous varieties on last years list were: Masguerade, Candlelight, Party Dress, Venus, Guardsman, Melissa, Can Can, B, Rhodes, Powder Puff, City of Balleratt, Alexandria, Sea Coral, Monica Bryce, Tessa Robinson, Prima Donna, Zulu, E. McLauchlan, Roy Hartley, Linda Jackson, Buttermilk, Apricot Delight, Ellaine Tartelain, Apricot Loveliness, Sweet Dreams, Fred Martin, Fairylight, Westlawn Jill, Ziggy, Elizabeth Lee, Red Admiral, Corona, Preston Guild, Jennifer Wilson, Isabella, Jessica, Jessie Wright, Aromantics, Schweizerland, Jasmine, Snowbird, Majesty, Krakatoa, Lancelot, Starburst, Ballerina, Summertime, E. Thomson, Ruffled Lace, Harlequin, Kohima, Helena, Isobel Keenan, Walk Tall, Bali Hai, Ruby Young, Peach Melba, Bouton de Rose, Tigger, Whispers.
Some of these varieties i stopped taking cuttings last season and won’t be there next season, others were new last season and i’m still building up the stock of those varieties. Obviously i shall have to go through the tubers at the start of next season, there are usually some losses. When deciding which to keep i shall need to try and keep a balance of colour for any display i might decide to do next year.
I find it quite an enjoyable challenge to find new varieties and bring them into my collection, and build up enough to show. Some varieties don’t seem to do as well as others. A couple of years ago i had one called Saturn, took plenty of cuttings that were growing, thinking i was doing well with that variety, but lost them all including the main tuber over winter – haven’t tried that variety since.
- 21 Dec, 2007
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