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Begonia ‘China Curl’ (Begonia rex hybrid)

Begonia ‘China Curl’ (Begonia rex hybrid)

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4" Pot Size
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Begonia ‘China Curl’ (Begonia rex hybrid)
Bursting with texture, color and form, this standard Rex gives new meaning to the word "spiraled." A center band of silver follows the deeply twisting curls, while chocolate-brown defines its edges and radiates from the center. To bring the beholder into awe, a deep pink emanates into the silver banding giving the gardener many possibilities for the windowsill, sunroom or summer potted garden.
Hardiness Zone 10
Sun Requirement Partial Sun
Grows to 14"
Minimum Temperature Indoors 60
Plant Type Good for a Hanging Basket

Tips for Success:

• Place in good light; some direct sunlight is needed.
• Accurate watering – Bring plant to a slight wilt between

• Moderate fertilizer once a month. Stop fertilizer in the winter.
• Keep humidity above 50% and night temperatures above

• Growth cycle slows and stops for 2-3 months in the winter.
  Plants can lose some leaves during this resting period.
  This is normal. Continue normal watering.

• Use terra cotta or clay pots.
• Keep an eye out for mildew to which Rexes have some

Treating Mildew

• Identify - Appears as a white powder on the surface of the
  leaves, usually at the change of seasons.
• Treatment - Apply a baking soda solution -1Tbl/quart with a
  dribble of dishwashing detergent.
• Application - Spray at first signs and reapply every other day for
  4-5 applications.
• Prevention - Spray once every 3 months. Pure Neem Oil is
  effective on mildew.

  1. Stunning and Hardy Begonia! Review by 2Wheels4Ever
    How do you rate this product?

    I bought 2 China Curls and 2 Escargot begonias and hung them in a super fancy iron basket with water-holding husk liner in San Clemente (Southern California: well outside the plant's suggested zones).

    All four begonias appeared to die in the spot I placed them, so I moved them to a very shady area and a couple months later, both the previously barren China Curls came back with a vengeance but I'm unsure the 2 Escagot begonias ever will (I can see the tiniest of leaves on the stem of one of the planted escargot bulbs). The China Curls are absolutely stunning and I get a lot of compliments, as these humid-loving plants are a rarity in arid Southern California.

    I highly recommend them and suggest you hang them with a water-storing liner in a super shady spot (if you're in a climate like mine) and water often. :) (Posted on 8/15/2018)