Begonia ‘Little Miss Mummy’
Begonia ‘Jumbo Jet’ x Begonia ‘Amelia’
B. ‘Fanny Moser’/B. ‘Fannie Moser’
Plants of the World Online lists 1,897 species in the Begonia genus (as of 1-9-21 when I am updating this page). It is a member of the plant family Begoniaceae with 2 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made.
A man from Proven Winners sent me a link to the International Database of the Begoniaceae… Ummm… The Record List includes 19,401 different species and cultivars of Begonias…
The correct name for ‘Fannie Moser’ is actually ‘Little Miss Mummy’. It was developed by Brad Thompson in 1992 by crossing B. ‘Jumbo Jet’ with B. ‘Amelia’. It was renamed ‘Fanny Moser’ by Optimara… These days most of what you see online or at garden centers are plants by the name of ‘Fannie Moser’… There are probably other cultivar names for this plant floating around as well.
There isn’t a whole lot online about Begonia cultivars unless you click on page after page of sources for the plants. By the time go through a few pages you get tired of it. Luckily, a man from Proven Winners sent me a link to the International Database of the Begoniaceae… Ummm… The Record List includes 19,401 different species and cultivars of Begonias…
Sorry to say, but there isn’t a whole lot online about Begonia cultivars except growing information and features from companies selling them. I wish there were more information about who bred them, what species or cultivars were used in their creation etc. Sometimes I get lucky and find that information but not so for the Begonia ‘Fannie Moser’. I do know that Wagler’s gets theirs from North Carolina Farms.
Type: Angelwing, cane type.
Zones: USDA Zones 10a-11 (30-40° F).
Size: 24-36” T x 18-24” wide.
Light: Light to part shade.
Soil: Well-draining potting soil.
Water: Average. Water when the top 2” or so is dry to the touch.
Propagation: Stem cuttings and division
Uses: Great for pots.
Begonia ‘Little Miss Mummy’ (aka. ‘Fannie Moser’) produces these AWESOME clusters of very light pink flowers.
The leaves are very, very dark green with small silvery-white spots. The spots look like they were painted on.
The undersides of the leaves are marron and there are indentations where the spots are on the other side. Very interesting, huh?
Begonia ‘Little Miss Mummy’ (aka. ‘Fannie Moser’) was a very beautiful plant even as temperatures started cooling off at night. Some of the others had started losing their leaves.
As temperatures started getting cooler, I moved all the potted plants inside for the winter. Most of the cactus and succulents will be moved upstairs while the Begonias and a few other plants will remain in the basement. The Alocasia are on the other side of the basement.
All the Begonias made it through the winter in the basement with flying colors. When temperatures warmed up enough, I moved the plants back outside where they usually are for the summer. I had been busy doing this and that and didn’t get photos of the Begonias earlier. I could have cut the Begonias back, but I decided to let them grow as they were. They do need to be re-potted, though.
We had a bad Japanese Beetle infestation, worse than in 2017, so I had to move most of the potted plants to the front porch on July 4. They didn’t bother the potted plants in 2017, but they started to this year. As you can see in the above photo, they did nibble on this plants leaves a little. I caught it just in time. The plant tables were under a Chinese Elm tree that the beetles were feeding on. Even though the beetleÂ population would drastically reduce within a few days, they changed the amount of light in this area from light to part shade to nearly full sun. So, I would have needed to move most of the plants anyway.
I think it is a good idea to re-pot Begonias once a year, especially if you use potting soil with a timed-release fertilizer, preferably in the spring. If you don’t want to re-pot with fresh potting soil, then adding a water-soluble fertilizer to their water off and on is a good idea. After you have had your Begonia for a year or so, remove it from the pot to check to see if it is root-bound. If so, then transferring it to a larger pot may be a good idea.
Begonia ”Little Miss Mummy’ (aka. ‘Fannie Moser’) is easy to grow and undemanding. Just follow a few basic rules and you will enjoy this plant. I will continue adding more photos and information as time goes by.
I have been fairly busy for a couple of summers and haven’t taken many plant photos in 2019 or 2020. This Begonia is still alive and well. Hopefully, I can take more photos in 2021.
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