Begonia - Sunshine Carpet
Begonia Sunshine Carpet is a special economy mixture, ideal for mass bedding plants. This variety produces a lovely mixture of coloured flower and foliage in both deep green and bronze. The plants grow to an approximate height of 30cm. It is a fibrous rooted type which produces thin, thread like roots that branch out in all directions.
Sow from January to March on the surface of lightly firmed, moist seed compost. Do not cover the seed. Place inside a propagator or cover a tray with polythene or glass and place in a warm place. Keep at a temperature of 24-27°C. After sowing, do not exclude light as this helps germination. Keep the surface of the compost moist but not waterlogged; germination will usually take 15-60 days. As soon as a few seedlings emerge remove the cover but spray regularly to keep moist. When seedlings are large enough to handle prick off into trays, 5cm apart. Gradually harden off in late April/early May to plant outside, 20cm apart once all risk of frost has passed. Flowers from June onwards.