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Begonia ‘Cool Breeze Rouge’


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'Cool Breeze Rouge' is a sister to 'Cool Breeze Pewter' and is more of a show-off. They are similar in youth, but 'Rouge' soon goes her own way by taking on a beautiful port wine glaze over her leaves as the heat climbs. The leaves of 'Rouge' are slightly more rounded than those of 'Pewter', but they are an even match in culture and care. Both are easy, will take heat and humidity, but are quite tolerant of cool weather too.

USDA Hardiness Zone(s): 8-11
Size (HT/W/FL HT): 16″ / 16″ / 16″
Exposure: Full Shade
Bloom Time(s): June, July, August

Common Name Begonia
Family Begoniaceae
Genus Begonia
species --
Plant Series Begonia COOL BREEZE™ Series
Plant Type Annual
US Patent # PP25080
EU Grant # --
Bloom Time June, July, August
Flower Color Pink
Foliage Color Green, Pink, Purple, White
Dormancy --
Exposure Full Shade
Growth Habit Mounding
Growth Rate Fast
Hardiness Zone 8, 9, 10, 11
How Different? It is unique in its coloration. As the temperatures increase it gets a red flush to the foliage.
Landscape Value Background, container, houseplant. Good landscape plant for summer filler.
Most Active Growing Season Summer
Persistence Evergreen
Size (HT/W/FL HT) 16" / 16" / 16"
Soil (Garden) Fertile, rich, moist soil with good porosity.
Water (Garden) Keep evenly moist.
Special Uses Award Winners, Deep South
Comments Tied for Best Begonia in 2012 Ohio State University trials. More cold tolerant than most.
Water (Greenhouse) Dry moderately between waterings.
EC 1.2 – 2.4
pH 6.0 – 6.5
Fertility Needs 150 – 200 ppm
Notes These tolerate cool greenhouse conditions with a low of 40° F. Sanitation of media and growing conditions is critical. Greenhouse production recommended for best environmental controls. Avoid use of overhead irrigation. Do not crowd plants as this can lead to more disease problems and stretched plants. Do not plant too deep.
Finish Time to 4″ 4 – 6 weeks
Finish Time to Gallon
Day Length for Flowering Day Neutral
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