Bossa Nova Begonias are similar to Bonfire and Santa Cruz Begonias. The Bossa Nova comes from the country that is famous for Carnival, however, the Bossa Nova sound is more muted and relaxed. Bossa Nova Begonias have an exciting “carnival” look but can sway in the breeze like a soothing melody. Bossa literally means new trend or fashionable wave and this variety of begonia fits in nicely with other begonias of this type.
Bossa Nova Begonias will bloom from spring until fall. The unique blooms are mingled in with the dark green wing-shaped leaves and will spill over the sides of containers or form nice mounds on the ground. There is no pruning or cleaning necessary because the old blooms fall off as new ones come on. If you are in a location with pretty hot summers you might make sure that your plant gets some afternoon shade to avoid burning. Begonias are not fond of sitting in water so be sure the soil drains well and that you do not over water.
Size: #10 Bskt
Spacing: Plant 10″ to 22″ apart.
Height: Grows 12″ to 16″ tall.
How To Grow: Plant in full sun to part shade.
Outstanding Features: The blooms are very bright and eye catching, and the plant itself is low maintenance and drought tolerant.
Tips: Make sure they don’t have too much shade or they will bloom less frequently and the blooms will be smaller. Water in the morning before it gets too hot to avoid scorching or a couple of hours before sunset to allow the leaves to dry and avoid mold.
Uses: Garden Bed, Containers, Landscapes, Hanging baskets
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