Sparks Will Fly Begonia is a great alternative to impatiens especially if you have been plagued by downy mildew. Tangerine-orange, single blooms are held above the dark green foliage. The leaves are shaped like wings and have light veins that contrast with the dark coloring around them. If you are in a location with pretty hot summers you might make sure that your plant gets some afternoon shade to avoid burning. If the plant begins to get leggy, just pinch it back. Begonias are not fond of sitting in water so be sure the soil drains well and that you do not over water.
The “Sparks Will Fly” from early spring until the first frost of fall. When the weather begins to cool off the “embers” will begin to fade to a cool yellow.
Size: #6, #12 Deco
Spacing: Plant 12″ to 15″ apart.
Height: Grows 15″ to 18″ tall.
How To Grow: Plant in part sun to full shade.
Outstanding Features: The blooms are very bright and eye catching, and the plant itself is low maintenance and drought tolerant.
Tips: 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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