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My Begonia is Awesome!

Photo/Illustration: Brandi Spade
Photo/Illustration: Brandi Spade
Photo/Illustration: Brandi Spade
Photo/Illustration: Brandi Spade
Photo/Illustration: Brandi Spade
Photo/Illustration: Brandi Spade
Photo/Illustration: Brandi Spade
Photo/Illustration: Brandi Spade
Photo/Illustration: Brandi Spade
Photo/Illustration: Brandi Spade

I know that it’s summer and most gardeners are going crazy about their cool veggies and hot new perennials. I’m right there with you, as my tomatoes inch their way higher into the stratosphere. But even that is not enough to tear me away from my newest indoor favorite: I’m going insane with adoration over my ‘Cracklin Rosie’ begonia. She’s a real beauty, with her shimmering pink spots and dark, curvy leaves. A cane begonia, the main stem is growing straight upward, producing new leaves as it goes.

‘Cracklin Rosie’ is a startlingly seductive plant, drawing you over as soon as you walk in the door. The most amazing part, however, is a detail you won’t notice until you get close. At first, you see something small sticking out between two large wings. You lean in for a closer look, seeing what looks like a big wad of gum stuck to your plant. Closer, closer…AHHH! It’s a new leaf! It’s too insanely unique to be ignored. Every single time that I see a leaf unfurling, I’m simply amazed at how awesome this plant really is.

I got this sweet beauty from Logee’s Greenhouse in Danielson, CT. It’s a 2 hour drive for me, but it was well worth it. ‘Cracklin Rosie’ is pretty easy to care for, requiring a good amount of light, regular watering, and some fertilizer here and there. I’m pretty neglectful of most of my indoor plants, though, and this one’s still going strong. There’s a collection of growing info to be found at davesgarden.com, but I recommend visiting just to check out the photos posted by other gardeners. And if you’re near Connecticut and find some time to make it to Logee’s, I have some advice for those of you on a budget – don’t take a basket, box, or cart for carrying. Picking up only what you can carry in your arms is the only way to get out of there without buying one of everything. Happy shopping!

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  1. Kate_Frank 06/08/2009

    I love it!

  2. SteveA 06/09/2009

    That begonia must be a wonderful addition to your colllection of plants named after Neil Diamond songs.

  3. MuffettG 06/29/2009

    Do these "Cracklin Rosie's" Begonia's ever bloom? I have one, but it's a new plant for me and it is about 6-8 leaves large right now. I got it from a friend and she didn't know what it was. They get huge... I got a slip off of hers, and it was, like I said HUGE.....

    Any answers?

  4. laurawege 06/29/2009

    I have one too and yes it blooms . Mine bloomed all winter last year, really from october to april . When they get to leggy you can cut the canes and root them in a glass , plant several in a pot for a beautiful display .then give the rest to your best friends . The canes , once relieved of thier leaves will begin to grow new ones . They love to go out side for th summer, in a sheltered spot with lots of light but only early morning or late afternoon sun .

  5. altavitae 07/01/2009

    Begonias are easy to grow, and to propagrate(take a leaf and cut into triangles, including part of the vein, dip point into soil and water) which is why I love them all. Even the less colorful ones have wonderful leaves. The tuberous ones are deer resistant, too.

  6. user-7009053 01/28/2018

    a fantastic plant

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