Beefsteak Begonia Every two years Beefsteak Begonias, Begonia erythrophylla, benefit from being pruned and propagated. This is a very easy plant to take care of and the worst you can do to it is to keep a water filled saucer under it. These plants enjoy being dry. In two years, the stems become long and move out over the edge of the pot, making the plant's mass too large for most environments. Ours live on the screened front porch in the summer which has a western exposure. In the cold months, they live under full spectrum lights in the living room. They flower their hears out in either location, adding delicate pink bouquets wherever they are growing. My original, single, leaf came from a leaf I plucked from an office dweller's plant that was 4 feet across and hung 3 feet down on those long stems. I grew that plant in a clear plastic to go box on moist vermiculite. The stem you'll prune is the leggy part that has dropped its leaves. Make 4 to 6 inch long
Isn't it a wonder?
Did you get to visit the Japanese garden in Fort Worth Texas? It is wonderful. So is the one in St. Louis and of course San Francisco.
Would love to hear from you - which ones did you visit and which were the best?
Hakone Gardens in California is my favourite even though it's quite small, I've been there three times now - I go every time I visit the States! I've been to the Japanese Tea Garden too once, that was beautiful.