The pink shades are a stunning combination with the dark leaves. Nonstop Mocca Begonias have dazzling flowers backed up with handsome foliage. The delectable chocolate leaves have soft green veining and grow to form a handsome mound. The fully double blooms are plentiful and grow up to 10cm across.
Grow the plants in pots, hanging baskets, window boxes or gardens. Nonstop Mocca Begonia flower petals are edible and their colours add zing to a salad.
As a general guide, Begonias are happiest where ferns and orchids grow and like to almost dry out before they are watered again.
You could treat Nonstop Mocca Begonias as annuals, or, with a bit of extra care you can regrow the tubers.
Tuberous Begonias grow best in pots, in climates with cool nights. You can easily grow them in the mild areas of NSW, the Qld Tablelands or in Victoria, Tasmania and south of Perth in WA. They won't tolerate high humidity or direct sunlight, place your pot where it receives filtered light such as under a tree, shade cloth, a porch or in a shade house.
It is also important to get the watering right with Tuberous Begonias, they are a bit fussy, but easy to please once you know how.
1. When the Begonia tuber begins to shoot in August/September keep the soil just moist, watering as the soil begins to dry.
2. When the plants are actively growing and flowering, saturate the pot (avoiding the stem and leaves), then allow the soil to dry out before watering again. This is important because if it is kept constantly wet it can breed fungal or bacterial infections and cause tuber rot.
3. When the Begonia tuber is dormant (winter), you need not water at all, until around August/September.
Begonia x tuberhybrida
Spring to Summer
Cool to Mediterranean