Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum "Lady Francis" is a hybrid begonia whose parentage was probably a cross between Begonia cucullata var. Hookeri and Begonia schmidtiana. It is a very striking begonia in that it has deep mahogany red leaves and profusions of pink fully double camellia like flowers. They have a very compact growth habit, which makes them well suited for containers or for bedding plants; individual plants will reach 16 inches (40 cm) in height by 12 inches (30 cm) in width.
Blooming Time: In the greenhouse, "Lady Francis" blooms all year long.
Culture: Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum "Lady Francis" plants do best in full sun to partial shade. They like a well-drained, rich, moist soil. We use a soil mix for containers with 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand or perlite. The plants are kept moist for optimum growth, but they can withstand some drought very well. Plants are fertilized every other week all year long with a balanced fertilizer diluted to ½ the strength recommended on the label. Plants grown in lower light level are not as rich in color as plants grown in high light levels.
Propagation: Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum "Lady Francis" is easily propagated from leaf and stem cuttings.
Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum "Lady Francis" was featured as Plant of the Week February 28-March 6, 2003.
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