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February 13, 2014

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Graham Spencer

There's a lot of talk of hardiness about these, but from what I have seen, they struggle with the northern European winters - wet, not especially cold - but wet, with more wet added. Those that produce rhizomes simply can't cope - the tuberous and fibrous varieties are tougher. I have a breeder client working on varieties that really are hardy in the UK, although there seems to be a compromise to be made between brightness of leaf colour and hardiness.

Graham Rice

Yes, constantly wet soil is so often more of a problem than cold. As with so may of the colourful hybrid echinaceas, good drainage is more important to winter survival than anything else. But even if hardiness is a little doubtful, these begonias make spectacular summer foliage plants for large containers.

I look forward to the results of the development work you mention.

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