- Full Shade to Full Sun (Can Grow In Most Sunlight Conditions)
- Mature Height 1 - 2 Feet
- Mature Spread 18 - 24 Inches
- Growing Zones 10 - 11
- Use As A Thriller In Containers
Surefire® Cherry Cordial Begonia is brand new for the 2023 growing season. The dark chocolate-colored leaves make a fantastic backdrop for the small, intensely red flowers. Wax-type Begonias are famous for their easy care, with no maintenance required after planting. Flowers form nonstop until fall with no need to deadhead or cut back, even during the hottest days of summer.
Wax Begonias are evergreen perennials in USDA zones 10-11, where they flower year-round. Most gardeners grow Begonia semperflorens hybrids as annual plants for mixed plant containers or seasonal beds needing a cheerful and colorful ground cover. Surefire® Begonia can be used as a filler or thriller element mixed with other annuals and perennials. The dark chocolatey leaves add a stunning backdrop for either bright or pastel flowers. Wax Begonias will grow well in either sun or shade and are not bothered by diseases or pests.
Surefire® Cherry Cordial Begonia Care
Wax Begonias are not picky about soil fertility or texture, but they absolutely require well-draining soil that is on the dry side. Wet or cold soil will quickly cause root rot for these fleshy stemmed plants. In containers, use an all-purpose potting mix and add perlite to lighten the soil and improve drainage. Wax Begonias will grow well in full sun or a sheltered, shady spot such as a porch. Watering can be reduced in shadier growing locations. Deadheading is not required for these self-cleaning plants, but if Surefire® gets leggy or out of scale for the container arrangement, you can prune to shape and pinch back tips to promote a denser stem structure. Regular applications of a balanced liquid fertilizer will replace nutrients lost by watering in containers and hanging baskets.
Cherry Cordial can be brought inside to overwinter in the colder growing zones. Unlike Tuberous Begonias, Wax Begonias do not have a period of dormancy and will continue to flower through the winter. Bring the plants indoors when nighttime temperatures fall to 55 degrees F and grow them in a south- or west-facing window or under specialized grow lights.
Surefire® Cherry Cordial Begonia Spacing
Cherry Cordial Begonia is a compact but vigorous grower that will thrive in tightly planted containers and open garden beds. The mature size can reach 2 feet tall and wide. In an open garden bed, plant Begonias 20 inches apart on the center of each plant. Containers should be at least 10 inches in diameter.
Surefire® Cherry Cordial Begonia Information
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 10 - 11|
|Plant Type: Annual|
|Light Exposure: Full Shade to Full Sun (Can Grow In Most Sunlight Conditions)|
|Mature Height: 1 - 2 Feet|
|Mature Spread: 18 - 24 Inches|
|Spacing: 18 - 24 Inches|
|Flower Color(s): Red|
|Flower Description: Vibrant Red|
|Bloom Period: Planting To Frost|
|Foliage Type: Herbaceous|
|Foliage Color(s): Black, Red|
|Foliage Description: Chocolate Black|
|Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering, Summer Flowering, Fall Flowering|
|Container Role: Thriller|
|Uses: Borders, Containers, Mass Planting|
|Features: Deadheading Not Necessary, Foliage Interest, Low Maintenance, Continuous Blooming or Rebloomer|
|Brand: Proven Winners|
|Common Name: Surefire® Cherry Cordial Begonia|
|Scientific Name: Begonia x hybrida|
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.
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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
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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
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Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.