I started growing Hiemalis Begonias last year, and they are quickly climbing my unofficial favorite flower chart. Two of my three porch Begonias are Hiemalis this summer.
A cross between Wax and traditional Begonias, I adore their abundant small colorful blooms that keep going all summer. Deadheading can be a challenge, because blooms become so thick and tightly packed. I have to be careful not to pull a bunch when I’m after just one dead one.
Keep them moist. My Hiemalis were doing well in pots on my porch until I went on vacation, and Curtis “forgot” to water them. The heat got them, and they never regained form.
They’re a bit pricy at $4 each for an annual, but I just read that they can be indoor plants. Next year, I plan to keep them alive indoors over winter months.