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Santa Cruz™ Sunset Begonia Seeds

(P) Pkt of 10 seeds
Item #51074-PK-P1
$6.95
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Description

Really Stands Up to Heat and Drought!

Great for baskets and planters!

Prepare to be dazzled by the big, wide-open blooms, handsome foliage, and nonstop flowering of this new trailing Begonia! Santa Cruz™ Sunset is an exciting choice for any climate, especially hot, long-summer areas that have stressed other Begonias. With blooms from spring until frost, it's ready to dazzle in baskets and planters!

The flowers are a rich shade of orange-red and borne by the many, many dozen on this lush, mounding trailer. They open 2 to 3 inches wide, extending fully 5 inches wide at their apex, then dropping to the ground, only to be replaced by more. The bloom season begins in late spring in most areas and continues throughout summer and fall, halting only when the plant is nipped back by frost.

Santa Cruz™ Sunset would be good-looking even if it never flowered, though. The leaves are large, arrow-shaped, and neatly serrated, with pronounced, uniform veins that make them look almost pleated. Dark green and very abundant, they add a tropical look to this annual plant.

Set this Begonia in full sun in cool climates, but give it a bit of afternoon shade farther south and west. It is primarily known for its heat tolerance, but given a little pampering in spring, it is quite resistant to drought, too. And you'll love how quickly it bounces back from rainstorms and wind!

Like most Begonias, Santa Cruz™ Sunset takes its time to germinate. Give it about a month, setting the seed on the top of your Bio Sponge or seed-starting medium, and keeping the moisture and humidity very high, especially for the first week or two. If starting the seeds in late winter, gentle bottom heat and grow lights will help the seedlings mature more quickly. Plan about 12 weeks from sowing to transplanting, and be sure to keep the seedlings indoors until all danger of frost is past.

Santa Cruz™ Sunset is the Begonia you've been looking for to fill those hot, dry spots where few other plants are happy! You'll love the festive look and nonstop flowering of this beauty! Pkt is 10 pelleted seeds.

Details

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Genus Begonia
Species boliviensis
Variety Santa Cruz™ Sunset
Item Form (P) Pkt of 10 seeds
Bloom Start To End Late Spring - Late Fall
Habit Weeping
Seeds Per Pack 10
Plant Height 10 in - 20 in
Plant Width 12 in - 15 in
Bloom Size 2 in - 3 in
Additional Characteristics Award Winner, Bloom First Year, Flower, Free Bloomer, Repeat Bloomer
Bloom Color Light Red, Orange
Foliage Color Dark Green
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Heat Tolerant, Drought Tolerant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Baskets, Containers, Outdoor

Product Review Summary

Based on 4 reviews
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

January 07, 2019

Beautiful Plants / Flowers

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

In the past I grew Bosa Nova begonia plants purchased from a garden center. I absolutely loved them. Santa Cruz appeared similar so I decided to try growing them from seed. The seeds germinated in about 1 month. At first the seedlings were so tiny I needed a magnifying glass to see them. The first true leaves grew rounded, making me wonder if I received the wrong seeds. But each new set of leaves grew more into the 'angel wing' shape of the Santa Cruz. Only six of the ten seedlings survived, but that was all I needed. I was blessed with beautiful plants and flowers from late May through October.

Kris (rookie plant starter) from OH
August 25, 2015

Santa Cruz Sunset begonia

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

The germination rate is not good - about 30% when done exactly as should be - but the plants you get are spectacular! Gerrmination - 3 stars, Plants - 5 stars

WYO-container-gardener from WY
August 25, 2015

Santa Cruz Sunset begonia

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

The germination rate is not good - about 30% when done exactly as should be - but the plants you get are spectacular! Gerrmination - 3 stars, Plants - 5 stars

WYO-container-gardener from WY
December 21, 2014

Fun plant to grow

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Fun plant to grow if you have the patience and you are willing to fallow strict instructions. I have been growing them successfully well for the past three years. You must maintain the proper temperature, humidity (moisture) and light requirement. I am storing second year tubers that are over six inches in width. It is hard to imagine how a seed so small can produce a tuber so large in two years. My best luck has come from planting the seed in December or January when it is easy to keep the planting medium temperature from getting to warm. It is a proficient producer of flowers from as soon as it is six inches tall until the frost puts it down. Very easy to grow after it attains three inches of height. It will easily grow to a foot high and 16 inches wide the first year. The second year it will be 1 1/2 foot high and two feet wide. Fun plant to grow.

olddog67 from ID

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