MEMBER NAME: Tim Jemmott
London UK / DATE: 14 July 2021
SPECIES NAME: Begonia garagarana C.DC. 1919
Begonia garagarana is a medium to large size begonia, belonging to Begonia section Gireoudia, from Panama. It has a rhizomatous habit. B. garagarana is a very elegant plant. Its leaves are glaucous and green on the upper surface and pink-red on the under surface. Petioles are sparsely pubescent. This plant was grown from seed from AFABEGO in 2016.
In west facing glass house. Shaded with shade cloth in the summer
 GROWING MEDIUM:
I use the Glasgow potting medium [Tebbitt: Begonias 2005] Sphagnum peat/Grit/bark/a little slow-release fertilizer 7:2:1 3]
 FERTILIZER, FREQUENCY OF FEEDING:
A little slow-release fertilizer in the growing mix.
High humidity and minimal watering.
Glass house 60%+ humidity.
 PEST AND DISEASES, TREATMENTS:
None to date.
 SETTING SEEDS AND GROWING SEEDS:
Flowering has been sparse but set seed well after pollination by hand. Seed was germinated under fluorescent light. The lights were controlled on a timer, on for 14 hours a day.
 VEGETATIVE PROPAGATION:
Easily propagated by petiole or rhizome cuttings.