"The New Plant Parent" Book by Darryl Cheng
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Begonia are part of the Begoniaceae family and are native to SE. Brazil where it grows primarily in the wet tropical biome.
Begonia 'Lucerna' is a hybrid by Wettstein of Lucerne, Switzerland from 1892. It was originally named 'Corallina de Lucerna’. Leaves are olive green with delicate silver spots, flowers are pendulous and red-pink; flowers are darker in higher light levels. This cane Begonia can reach up to 6ft and is very easy to propagate through stem cuttings.
Genus name honours French administrator and amateur botanist Michel Bégon (1638–1710) who discovered the plant on the island of Santo Domingo.
Pot: ø 12cm.
Height: Approximately 25cm from base of pot.
Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive. 1-2 hours direct sun is tolerable.
Water: Given adequate light and a well draining potting mix, Begonia prefer mix to be evenly moist.
Potting mix: A rich well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark and worm castings. Adding horticultural grit or sand is also a good amendment to increase drainage.
Fertilising: Feed your plant every other watering during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.
Temperature: 16-29˚C, the middle to lower end of this range is thought to be the best.
Humidity: Begonia prefer humidity of 60% and above but adapt well to home conditions.
Begonia are toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.
Please be aware that your plant may vary from the picture as this is a living item. Variations of shape and colour are perfectly natural and to be expected. We will send you a plant as close to the picture and description as possible. The picture shown is an example of what's in stock unless stated otherwise.
Our plants are sent with a detailed care guide to help you look after them. You must provide the adequate conditions to keep them alive.
We can only ship within the UK. Orders from abroad cannot be fulfilled and will be cancelled & refunded.
We pack and ship all orders on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to prevent plants waiting in transit over the weekend.
We do send all our plants via next day delivery, however couriers can sometimes take longer.
We guarantee our plants 14 day from receipt. We guarantee to send happy and healthy plants, however, it is your responsibility to care for them and we cannot be held responsible for neglect or mis care. Please send us a picture within 24 hours of receiving your plant and we'll help you out with your issue.
If returning your order, please keep all original packaging and use this to send the plant back to us. This will ensure the plant is kept as safe as possible on its return.
To allow the plant to acclimatise in its new home, there should be no repotting of the plant for a minimum of 14 days after receipt. If any plant has been repotted or a cutting has been taken then we are not able to accept returns.
We are happy to replace your plant if it is very badly damaged in transport. The loss of a leaf in transport on a healthy plant should not generally be cause for any concern. We cannot give a refund for snapped leaves.
Please don’t put me on or close to a radiator, the heat will dry me out.
Take me out of any ceramic pots when watering to stop my roots rotting.
I need light to survive. Please give me light!
I don’t like draughts! Keep me away from any cold spots in the house.