Begonia ’Sophie Cecile’
I bought my Begonia ‘Sophia’ from Wagler’s Greenhouse on July 1, 2017. They buy their Begonias from North Carolina Farms and we looked in the catalog to find the name. According to information online, Begonia ’Sophia’ is an unregistered name, but the true registered name is Begonia ’Sophie Cecile’. It was hybridized by Belva Kusler in 1961…
The leaves of this Begonia are HUGE! They aren’t as dark as ‘Fannie Moser’ and the leaves are kinda sorta streaked with silvery-white instead of spotted. The leaves also have maroon undersides.
Type: Angel wing, cane type.
Zones: USDA Zones 10a-11 (30-40° F).
Size: 36-48” T x 24-36” wide (according to Dave’s Garden)
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.
In this close-up photo, you can see how the leaves are streaked with silvery-white.
The underside of the leaf is maroon with prominent veins.
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 re-potted soon.
I think it is a good idea to repot Begonias once a year, especially if you use a 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.
We had a bad Japanese Beetle infestation, worse than in 2017, so I had to move the 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. They didn’t bother the leaves of Begonia ‘Sophie Cecile’, though. The plant tables were under a Chinese Elm tree that the beetles were feeding on. Even though the beetle 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.
Begonia ‘Sophie Cecile’ 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.
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