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How to Grow Hardy Begonia Plants

Growing Begonia Grandis in the Garden

Clump forming Shade Plant that looks great when massed

This Begonia is often grown by gardeners as it is able to overwinter better than most other species of this plant genus.

Hardy Begonia Growing guide
Begonia grandis plant by Esin Üstün; photograph under creative commons license.

Video Tips on How to Grow Begonia grandis

This is a great plant to grow in shaded areas, It carries delicate flowers of pink in the summer and early fall /autumn. It is the most hardy Begonia and looks great in a woodland garden or even in a container garden.

Plant Growing and Gardening Care Guide

  • Scientific name: Begonia grandis (Syn. Begonia discolor; Begonia evansiana)
  • Common Name: Hardy Begonia, Beefsteak Plant
  • Growing Zone in the USA (Hardiness in the UK): 6 to 7 (H2)
  • Life Cycle/Type: Perrenial

Plant Details

  • Plant Height: 18 to 24 Inches / 45 to 60 cm. Takes about five years to reach full height
  • Plant Spread: 18 to 24 Inches / 45 to 60 cm
  • Time of Bloom: Late summer
  • Color of Bloom: Pale pink or white. Clusters.
  • Leaf Foliage Detail: Olive green. Obliquely ovate.

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Partial shade, copes with full shade
  • Suitable Soil Types: Loam, Sand, humus rich, neutral to acidic pH
  • Ideal Soil Moisture: Well drained

Caring Conditions

  • Level of Maintenance: Medium
  • Propagation: Start tubers Spring at 18°C (64°F). Plant Hollow side up about 1 inch (2.5 cm apart). Pot out when leaves show. Creates small bulblets that allows it to self propagates. Can also self-seed.
  • How to Prune: Deadhead
  • Pests: No major pests. Caterpillars, mealy bugs, thrips, and aphids.
  • Diseases: None major. Powedery mildew.

Further Information

  • Attracts: Some butterflies
  • Tolerant of: Shaded areas
  • Best used in: Shade Garden, Woodland, Cottage, Patio or containers
  • Miscellaneous: The most winter hardy of the Begonia's. Dead head to extend bloooms. Native of southern China.
  • Genus Detail: Begoniaceae Family Begonia
  • Closely related Species: Begonia semperflorens; Begonia tuberhybrida

Gardening Resources and tips on growing Begonia grandis

1) DC Tropics

2) Carolyn's Shade Gardens


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