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A Holiday Begonia: B.
by Freda Holley
o one answered the call for photos and stories of
begonias with holiday names, perhaps because there are apparently very few
of these. I could identify only B. 'Merry Christmas' and B.
'Happy New Year' in addition to the subject here and I am wondering if
even these can be found anymore (Now watch many more magically appear!).
It's time for creative hybridizers everywhere to celebrate the holidays by
naming some of their selections appropriately for next year's holiday
But I did have on file Cynthia Bishop's photo
of her B. 'Christmas Candy' and it is surely enough of a marvel
with which to celebrate the holidays. It is also a begonia with a story.
Evidently, Patrick Worley was the first to use B. U014 from
Argentina - and I have been told by one reader that B. U014 may now
identified as B. descoleana L.B. Smith & B.G. Schubert (Is that
correct, Thelma?) - to cross with a Semp. He believes that cross is now
lost, but Mabel Corwin later crossed B. U014 with B.
'Glamour Rose Picotee' to produce the B. 'Christmas Candy' we all
know and love.
Other hybridizers say that no matter which Semp is
used for a cross, the hybrids will be very similar demonstrating the power
of B. 0014. A commercial producer has come up with such a seed
grown cross B. 'Dragon Wings' that has been a huge commercial
success and a similar cross is available in Australia.
B. 'Christmas Candy' never stops blooming if
given light and heat and it is an appropriate begonia with which to
celebrate the holiday season with its vivid green and red coloring. So
bring one inside and enjoy!