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Bonfire

Across the warmer months, Begonia Bonfire® covers itself in an eye-catching profusion of exotic bright red-orange flowers. Coming into bloom in late Spring, it continues to shower you with bright red-orange blooms all Summer long, right up until late Fall.

As well as lovely flowers, Bonfire® begonia's foliage is an interesting rich green with serrated edges highlighted by a red margin. The bush itself is neat and dense. Low maintenance, easy-care, Begonia Bonfire® can be grown in full sun or partial shade and isn't devastated by summer rains or drier summer conditions. A glorious plant where masses of color are required with little or no care.

Key FeaturesBonfire_on deck 3 potsb5127 -web(5).jpg

  • Stunning profusion of bright flowers
  • Great rich green foliage
  • Perfect in patio pots and in the garden
  • Low maintenance and easy care
  • Sensational as indoor pots of color
  • If used as a tender perennial, hardy in USDA zones 9-11

Suggested Uses

Indoor pots and hanging baskets. Also garden landscapes.

Growth Habit

Rounded profile, up to 20 inches wide as a garden plant or in a larger hanging basket.

Flower Size

2 inches long x 2 inches wide

Mature Height

Garden height up to 20 inches.

Mature Width

Garden width up to 20 inches.

Spacing

Space 20 inches apart.

Hardiness

Tolerates mild frost in the garden.

Flowering Period

Flowers form from Spring through to Summer, until frost.

Number Of Flowers

Up to 50% of the bush can be covered.

Flower Color

Bright red-orange flowers.

Fragrance

No Fragrance.

Foliage

Rich green foliage with serrated edges highlighted by a red margin.

Pruning/Pinching

Branches naturally, but will benefit from pinching to induce side branches and more compact spreading growth.

Temperature

Recommended day temperature 72ºF with night temperature of 64ºF. Higher temperatures will reduce flower size and intensity of color. To increase flower size and intensity of flower color, once the buds are formed finish plants at 57ºF to 61ºF. Lower or higher temperatures will result in less than ideal plant formation. Temperature's higher than 79ºF will increase plant size and reduce flower size.

Light Needs

Grows in full sun to partial shade. In heavy shade, may spread producing lower growth, and fewer larger sized flowers.

Soil Needs

Performs bests in a well drained friable soil or good quality potting mix.

Water Needs

Keep moist through the growing season.

Fertilizer

Use a flower booster controlled release fertilizer in Spring.

Disease Tolerance

If grown in heavy wet soils or over watered, stems can rot from fungal diseases.

Pest Issues

Generally not damaged by pests, though white fly may cause some damage.

Special Care

Will benefit from digging and dividing every three years to remove old tubers and reinvigorate the plant.

Varietal/Cultivar Name

Nzcone

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