Variety: Begonia Erika Weber
Zones: 10 to 11
AHS Heat Zone: Not defined for this plant
Soil Type: Some sand to clay loam
Soil pH: 6.0 to 7.0
Sunlight: Shade to dappled sun
Fertilizer: Water-soluble, quick-release fertilizer
Availability: Sold as seeds or live, potted plants.
When to plant: Seeds can be started indoors four to six weeks before the last frost. Sow seeds outdoors after the last frost. Live plants can be planted after the last frost.
SEEDS: Seeds can be planted ¼ inch deep. For outdoor planting, thin plants to 12 inches of spacing once they are established.
LIVE PLANTS: Dig a planting hole twice the size of the root ball and as deep as the soil in the container. Center in the planting hole and backfill with soil. Mulch with compost or pulverized bark and water well.
Water with at least an inch of water each week. The soil should be kept moist, but not soggy. Always water deeply. Weekly deep waterings are better than frequent shallow waterings, as deep waterings encourage root growth and plant strength.
Fertilize with a water-soluble, quick-release fertilizer every 10 to 14 days or as otherwise directed on the package. You can also use an organic fertilizer such as fish emulsion. Always read the instructions, especially on organic fertilizers, as different brands may have different ingredients and strengths.
AHS Heat Zone
While the AHS Heat Zone is not defined for Erika Weber Begonia, it does not tolerate cold and prefers heat and humidity. If you live in an area that gets cool, keep this begonia as a house plant.
Erika Weber Begonia is an evergreen plant that produces green foliage and long-lasting flowers in shades of pink or red.
Prune for dead and decaying plant matter every spring and throughout the growing season. Pinch the stem tips to encourage a bushier plant. Pinching the stem tips also encourages lateral buds to produce flowers.
Allow the flowers to dry on the plant, then harvest the seeds from the flowers.
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