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Hybrid Begonia (Begonia cleopatra)

Identifying Begonia cleopatra or as it is also known, Begonia hybrid, is relatively easy. Just seeing the size of its leaves and the color it has is enough to know that it is this species. However, not everyone has the level of knowledge necessary to know whether or not it is a begonia.

For this reason, we will tell you everything you need to know about this species, so that you can know what and how it is and if it is possible to have it in your garden, patio, decorate garages, paths, etc., so be sure to read the whole article to the end.

Origin of Begonia cleopatra

Do not be confused by the name cleopatra and think that it is a plant whose origin lies in Egypt, because it is not like that, but rather it is a species that is widely found in tropical and subtropical areas.

This is why it can be seen both in the American continent, as well as in Asia and Africa. Even and to be more exact, the plant was known in the middle of the 12th century in Europe.

It was thanks to the botanist Charles Plumier, that the plant has its current name in honor of the governor of Santo Domingo (what is now Haiti), whose colonization by the French was in full swing.

A curious fact is that this plant has 1500 different species and currently little more than 10 thousand hybrids are known that have been made with the originals. So it is very likely that you will find Begonia cleopatra in different designs and/ or colors.

Characteristics of the plant

  • It is a rhizomatous plant whose height is between 20-30 cm.
  • Its leaves tend to be webbed in shape, with irregular lobes.
  • Its leaves have a light green color and variations in their brown shades.
  • The patterns of each leaf and each plant are completely different.
  • Compared to its leaves, begonia flowers are small and pink in color.
  • The time that begonia tends to bloom is during the summer. Although its flowering will depend on its location.
  • So if it is indoors, its flowering will vary a lot unlike having it in open places where the sun hits indirectly. That is, always have it in the shade.
  • The difficulty to grow them is very low. You just need to have a fairly fertile soil or soil and with enough peat substrate for it to grow.
  • It has the ability to live and adapt perfectly to areas and places with very little sunlight.
  • It is a plant that prefers places where there is humidity.
  • It is very sensitive to temperatures that are below 12 ° C.
  • In case of using manures and/ or fertilizers, just use 2 to 3 grams dissolved in water during the spring.

Care

Temperature

As mentioned before in the characteristics, it can withstand a temperature of up to 12 ° C. , and if you want to have the plant indoors, it has to be well lit. In case of having it outdoors, they must be placed in places where the sun does not affect them directly.

Environment water and humidity

The water that will be used to irrigate the plant must be free of lime and not have traces of chlorine. If you are not sure if the water contains these elements, just take water in a container and let it rest for a couple of days, or you can use the rainwater to hydrate them.

As for the watering of the plant, you have to do it only when the soil of the plant is dry or does not feel wet to the touch. Of course, avoid as much as possible having to wet its leaves. Moistening the soil and letting the steam rise will be enough to give life to the plant.

Pruning and maintenance

The advantage of Begonia cleopatra is that it does not require pruning every so often. The only thing necessary to keep it attractive is to remove those leaves that have withered or are damaged. With this you have enough to know this plant and know how to keep it and where.

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