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Santa Cruz® Sunset Begonia

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  • Light Requirement is Full Sun to Full Shade
  • Height 12 - 16 Inches
  • Width 12 - 16 Inches
  • Use as a spiller when using in containers
  • Brightens hanging baskets, containers, landscapes & indoor gardens!
  • Growing Zones 9 - 11

Scarlet red flowers glow on red stems from dark green arrow-like leaves, cascading over the edge of the hanging basket or container garden. An unusual variant in the begonia family, Santa Cruz tolerates sun or shade, giving you the option to place it on the porch or the patio, or in your woodland edge landscape. Begonia boliviensis is an easy to care for annual for all your gardening needs.

Native to the Bolivian Andes, South/Central America, Africa and SE Asia, in Zones 9a through 11b it is a perennial, its elongated blossoms cascading like fireworks over the green foliage. In Zones 3-8 it is a one season annual, brightening hanging baskets, containers, landscapes and indoor gardens alike. Although it tolerates bright sunlight, too much can cause the foliage to fade. Afternoon shade in hot sun regions will provide the perfect environment for this plant.

Santa Cruz® Sunset Begonia Care

Take care to provide a consistent watering schedule, and water only when it appears dry. Soil should be well draining, and allow the plant to dry out somewhat but not too much between watering to prevent root rot. The top inch or so of the soil surface should feel dry. Feed with a fertilizer formulated just for begonias, with a 1:1:1 ratio of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium. Soil pH should be mildly acidic to neutral at 6.0 to 6.5 for best performance.

Deadheading is not necessary as spent blooms will drop off, but maintaining a soil that is clean of debris will help in reduction of disease and insect infestation. Prune back rangy stems that overstep their bounds and remove all yellowed or dead leaves to prevent the spread of diseases. Aphids can be a common pest for begonias so use a systemic insecticide or apply an insecticidal soap at the first sign of infestation.

Santa Cruz® Sunset Begonia Spacing

Spacing for this begonia is important as it reaches 12 to 16 inches tall and spreads 12 to 16 inches wide. It does well with a plant spacing of 12 to 16 inches, so in a hanging basket it may be the only occupant. It cascades beautifully so that you won’t miss the other companions. Companion planting in larger containers, however, can be done with other annuals like petunia, calibrachoa, sutera, lysimachia, ipomoea and solenostemon with spectacular results.

Santa Cruz® Sunset Begonia Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 9-11
Flower Color(s): Scarlet-Orange, Red
Bloom Period: Planting To Frost
Foliage Color(s) Green
Light Exposure: Full Sun to Full Shade
Height Class: Medium
Height: 12 - 16 Inches
Spread: 12 - 16 Inches
Spacing: 12 - 16 Inches
Habit: Trailing
Watering: Average
Drought Tolerant: No
Container Role: Spiller
Use Types: Container
Features:
Maintenance: Easy
Scientific Name: Begonia boliviensis 'Santa Cruz'
Common Name: Santa Cruz® Sunset Begonia
Other Name(s):
Plant Type: Annual
Brand: Proven Selections
SKU:
BEGSCP

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
 Volume:
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:
   Quart

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
 Volume:
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
 Volume:
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
 Volume:
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
 Volume:
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
 Volume:
   2.32-2.76 gallons


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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty, whether you're a new gardener or an expert. There are many variables outside of anyone's control that can cause a plant to die. Hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, diseases & pests are all good examples of what can cause plants to die. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all of the unknowns and will replace your plant if something were to happen to it.

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Plant Shipping

Below are some factors we consider when determining when to ship the plants depending on the timing of the order.

Winter to Early Spring

We ship only when it's warm enough to plant in your growing zone.
Sometimes plants aren't completely ready to sell and ship in early spring. We will wait until the plants are ready before shipping so you don't get a subpar product.
For Southern plants we will be able to ship much earlier than plants coming from our northern nursery.

Summer

If there is extreme heat we may delay shipping for a week or several weeks.
We review what areas the plants are traveling through as well as your location.

Fall into Winter

We’ll ship plants out all the way up to the end of the fall planting season!

Winter

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations