Big, pendent, peachy orange-gold blossoms on a bushy, cascading plant with deep green foliage perfect for hanging baskets describes the Illumination Apricot tuberous begonia. This plant belongs to the Tuberhybrida Group, a collection of begonias derived from mountain-growing species native to the South American Andes. Plants arise from winter-dormant root tubers. These extravagant flowers are often double (having extra rows of petals). They are produced in summer to mid-autumn, and are set among open, succulent, drooping stems across the plant. They are produced in a cluster of three buds, with two smaller female flowers next to the larger, usually double and showier male flower. Leaves are fleshy, jagged and pointed, glossy and dark green with hints of black.
Illumination Apricot begonias need a rich but well-drained soil in a partially shaded garden location. They should receive direct sunlight only early in the morning. Because these are tropical plants, they are most often grown in containers indoors, or if outdoors, in areas with warm winters and comfortable (not overly hot) summers. Excessive heat and humidity in summer will diminish and wither these begonias. When plants begin to yellow in the autumn after flowering, reduce watering to induce the natural winter dormancy. In cold climates, this is the time that the tubers should be lifted and stored inside in a cool, dry location until buds reappear in the spring. They may be replanted in pots or outdoors once danger of frost has passed and soil temperatures are warm.Use in mixed plantings, patio pots & beds. Large cascading double flowers all summer long. Can be susceptible to powdery mildew.