Begonia boweri is a miniature begonia with straight, scattered, single hairs on petioles, leaf margins, and peduncles. Eyelash Begonia is a native of tropical Mexico.
Blooming Time: Winter-Early Spring. Flowers are pink with obovoid petals.
Culture: Although Begonia boweri needs average to warm climate, minimum night temperature of 60-65 degrees. A suitable compost for Eyelash Begonia consists of 2 parts peat moss to 1 part loam to 1 part sand. Keep soil uniformly moist, but not wet. Fertilize once a month with a balanced fertilizer such as 20-20-20 diluted to half strength as recommended on the label. After flowering continue to water, and fertilize while growth is active. Leaves may die back or growth may slow down during winter. Do not fertilize until new foliage shows, and reduce watering frequency while the plant is resting.
Propagation: Begonia boweri is propagated by division of rhizomes.
Begonia boweri was featured as Plant of the Week March 5-11, 1999.
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