Cultivar Registration

Cultivar Registration

What is Cultivar Registration?

Registration of cultivars with The American Begonia Society is a way to avoid ‘New Begonia Chaos’.

  • Registration allows the society to monitor and regulate the naming of new cultivars and avoids duplication of names, discourages the naming of plants too similar or of little merit, and guides release of new varieties that have been evaluated prior to release.
  • Before registration, a cultivar is to be trialed for one to two years to confirm the plant is superior and reproducible. This trial period was instituted to help hybridizers pause and consider plant attributes before naming and releasing their new cultivars – to truly select what is best, and not to register lesser seedlings. Also, allows time to build stock of the new variety for future sales.
  • Registration is for individual cultivars with a distinctive trait that can be reproduced through cuttings, or in some cases via seed production.
  • An approved registration is necessary before the cultivar can be nominated for the Alfred D. Robinson Medal.

How to Register a Cultivar

Make the required payment for the international registration fee to ABS by PayPal. (link to PayPal cart). The fee to register a new Begonia cultivar is $2.00 US per plant.

  1. Submit or Email the Registration Form and other required materials such as photographs to the Cultivar Registrar.
  2. The Cultivar Registrar will be in touch with you for any additional details and to answer your questions.
  3. The Cultivar Registrar will notify you to let you know whether your registration is approved.
  4. If yes, you will be sent an electronic certificate of registration for each cultivar.
  5. Last, the Cultivar Registrar will announce your cultivar in an upcoming issue of The Begonian.

ABS is committed to moving towards digital submission of all forms, and payment where required. As a courtesy to our members who are not ready for digital forms, we provide a PDF of this form for you to print for your records, or to submit with payment. However, we ask that the final submission of your form be done online. We do not have staff to re-enter your information, so please use the PDF form only for your own records or when payment is made via the postal service.

Click here to download a printable PDF of this form.

  • American Begonia Society

    Cultivar Registration Record

  • Type
  • File Number
  • Name of Cultivar
  • Originator
  • Synonym (if any)
  • Address
  • Year Developed
  • Year of First Bloom
  • Year first distributed
  • Date of any previous publication
  • Name of publication
  • Hybrid
  • Chance Seedling
  • Mutation or Sport
  • If mutation give parent’s name
  • And how many times propagated
  • Seed Parent
  • Pollen Parent
  • Description of Cultivar

  • Cane-like - Superba, Mallet, All others (describe if neccessary)
  • Height at maturity
  • Shrub-like- Bare-leaved, Hairy-leaved, other (describe )
  • Height at maturity
  • Rhizomatous- Creeping, Erect, Jointed at or below the soil, distinctive foliage, other (describe)
  • Size: miniature, small, medium, large
  • Thick-stemmed- brittle, woody, thickset, other (describe)
  • Height at maturity
  • Rex Cultorum- creeping, erect, other (describe)
  • Size: miniature, small, medium, large
  • Semperflorens Trailing/Scandent- bare-leaved, hairy-leaved, other (describe)
  • Length at maturity
  • Tuberous- dregei/semi-tuberous type, bulbous, Heimalis, Cheimantha, tuber hybrida, other (describe)
  • Height or length at maturity
  • Color
  • Shape- (describe)
  • Dimensions
  • Margin- (describe)
  • Surface- (describe)
  • Main Veins (number)
  • Petioles- length
  • Color
  • Hairs
  • Stipules- Length
  • Width
  • Color
  • Type
  • Color- tepals
  • ovary
  • Shape of tepals
  • Diameter of flower- Male
  • Diameter of flower- Female
  • Number of tepals- Male
  • Number of tepals- Female
  • Size of flower cluster (amount) Male
  • Size of flower cluster (amount) Female
  • Ammount of clusters- many, few, solitary Length of flower peduncle (stalk)
  • Season of bloom
  • Describe unusual characteristics,(hairy, double, etc)
  • Describe how this begonia differs from others of its type, how it is to be distinguished from begonias now in cultivation, especially from its parents and others closely related or similar. Basically, how can one recognize this plant.
  • Additional Information

    This variety has been inspected or tested (circle one) and recommended for registration by: (only one listing is required)
  • Name
  • Address
  • Name
  • Address
  • Name
  • Address
  • Description prepared by: Name
  • Address
  • Date prepared
  • Indicate if photographs, drawings, or herbarium specimens are being submitted (at least one type is necessary)
  • If begonia variety is available to the trade, furnish name and address of propagator: Name
  • Address
  • Any additional comments
  • MM slash DD slash YYYY