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Growing Begonia ‘Autumn Ember’ p.p.a.f. (Begonia rhizomatous hybrid)

By Laurelynn Martin and Byron Martin

begonia autumn ember

Begonias are some of the easiest plants to grow in containers in a home environment. Our newest hybrid, ‘Autumn Ember’ has taken the begonia world by storm with its brilliant orange leaves. This rhizomatous begonia hybrid is a cross between Begonia ‘Marmaduke’ and Begonia ‘Angel Glow.’ Selected out of a group of seedlings, ‘Autumn Ember’ shows the brightest orange coloring, especially when they are newly emerging as juvenile leaves. When grown with other begonias, ‘Autumn Ember’ literally glows in comparison and when seen from afar, the mass of orange leaves catches the attention of all who gaze upon it.

Growth Habit:
Medium-sized leaves spread by rhizomes and can be pinched to create a well-branched bushy form. The color intensity of the leaves depends on the amount of light. In the wintertime, we have noticed there is no green at all, and believe it is the quality of light at that time that turns the leaves orange. The older leaves will eventually fade and soften in color.

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Logee’s Plant Hospital

Plants on a window rack

Plants returned and brought back to life.

Our customer service staff in our office has become the new plant doctors for returned plants. Plants that are returned to the office are usually sent to undeliverable addresses. Sometimes, the boxes have been on the road for two weeks or more and it’s amazing how resilient many of these plants are. Take a look!

Kim, one of our customer service representatives pays close attention to the plants.

Sometimes Kim re-pots the plants into a terra-cotta clay pot, but first she lets them acclimate from the stress before doing anything. Although, watering the plants is usually the first action after unpacking the plants from usually crushed boxes.

Kim holds a Crown of Thorns “Gerold’s Spurge” (Euphorbia geroldii)

Recently unpacked from its long postal journey, this nearly indestructible plant has a few leaves left and even a flower on its stem. It will eventually look like this.

Crown of Thorns “Gerold’s Spurge” (Euphorbia geroldii) full grown specimen.

Ashley, our customer service supervisor hides behind this Aloe Plant.

Aloe vera plant thriving.

The Aloe plant has been repotted since it was in a 2.5 inch pot and is in an 8-inch pot now. The little plant in the 4-inch pot is Crassula lycopodiodes and is also doing quite well.

Max Fisher, our graphic designer is even caring for plants.

He has an Angel Wing Begonia in hand called ‘My Special Angel’. This Begonia is in need of more light, evident by the leggy appearance. Plus, it is in need of more fertilizer to darken up the leaves. The light green color of the leaves usually means a lack of feed.

Shawn, our accounting assistant, has several plants on her desk.

The green leafed plant is Scarlet Leadwort (Plumbago indica) and the silver leaf with red is Begonia ‘Raspberry Swirl’. The Begonia is in need of higher light levels so the color of the leaves will intensify. Look at what the mature specimens will turn into.

Scarlet Leadwort (Plumbago indica) is a vigorous grower and likes full sun.

Begonia 'Raspberry Swirl' does well in dry conditions and likes higher light levels to achieve better leaf color.

Agave 'Black Widow' and Agave 'Porcupine' survived the postal stress with ease.

Agave ‘Black Widow’ on the right and Agave ‘Porcupine’ on the left grow on an office desk far away from any window. Although, succulents like full sun, these are still thriving in less than optimal conditions.

Valerie, another one of our customer service representatives cradles a Christmas Cactus.

She’s hoping it will look like the Christmas Cactus in our retail office and with all the tender loving care our office gives, these renegade plants have a great chance of not only surviving but thriving.

Christmas Cactus (Schulmbergera Cristen) full grown in our retail office.


Filed under Agave 'Porcupine', angel wing begonia, Begonia 'My Special Angel', Euphorbia, Schlumbergera 'Cristen', succulents

Logee’s Most Popular Blooms on Facebook 2011

Here is a recap of some of our most popular blooms from our album on Facebook called “Bloom of The Week.” To see more go to our facebook page.

Enjoy the recap and thanks for all your feedback. We are bringing back several plants because you asked. Take a look!


Filed under angel wing begonia, Begonia 'My Special Angel', Dichorisandra, Freycinetia cumingiana, medinilla, Pelargoniums, Red Hot Cattails, Strawberry Firetails, Strongylodon macrobotrys