Hybrid begonia Griffin - description and features of home care, photo of the plant

Hybrid begonia Griffin - description and features of home care, photo of the plant

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Begonia is a plant native to the begonia family. They have been known in culture for a very long time. The species got its name in honor of its discoverer Michel Begon.

Begonia Griffin is a hybrid of the Royal begonia. The flower is grown as a houseplant, and in the summer it is used as a container culture in the garden.

Unlike the "parent", the Griffin begonia is less demanding on humidity. In this article, we will consider how to properly care for this plant. We will also learn about breeding methods and planting rules.

Botanical description and history of origin

Compared to Royal, begonia Griffin is characterized by larger leaves that resemble a griffin's paw... Plant height reaches 40 cm. Cut type leaf plates with an unusual black-green tint and silvery pattern.

Royal begonia was first discovered at auction in 1856. In 1959, the first three hybrids were brought out. Since then, work has been actively carried out on the cultivation of new varieties of crops. Different types of begonias were used for crossing:

  • Chinese.
  • Yellow.
  • Powerful.

Throughout the history of breeding the Royal begonias, a wide variety of varieties have been crossed, differing in the shape of the leaves and color. The last of the hybrids is the Griffin begonia. The culture is less whimsical, so it is grown at home. like a perennial, like an annual - in the garden.

Appearance and features

The large lush leaves of the Griffin have a special beauty - they resemble palm trees in shape. This long-lasting and sturdy decorative flower attracts attention for potted cultivation. The hybrid is a bushy herb with a thick creeping stem and leaves with pronounced carved edges.

Features of begonia Griffin:

  • Suitable for placement in the conservatory for an accent.
  • Ideal for creating flower arrangements in combination with other varieties of begonias.
  • It has a decorative appearance throughout the year.
  • In the open field, it is unpretentious to weather conditions.

Reference. The Griffin, unlike other Royal Begonia hybrids, is much easier in agricultural technology.

A photo

You will see a photo of the plant:

If you like begonia and you are thinking about growing it, then first you should study the varieties and types of this beautiful plant, as well as learn about the features of care and reproduction. We will help you with this. Read about such varieties: Metallic, Royal, Griffith, Barshchevikolistnaya, Imperial. It will also be interesting to get acquainted with the decorative leafy begonia.


In pots

Griffins love diffused light. They must be protected from direct sunlight so that the leaves do not get burned. The windows are darkened with tulle curtains.

Planting material is purchased in winter and stored until spring in a cold place. Planting period is from March to May. For planting a culture, a substrate for indoor plants is used. You can prepare the soil composition yourself. To do this, mix one piece at a time:

  • River sand.
  • Peat.
  • Leafy land.
  • Derna.

Important! Acidic soil is not acceptable for begonias. The soil should be light, fertile, with good air permeability.

For planting the Griffin, you can use a ceramic, plastic and any other pot. The dishes should not be very deep and wide in width. To drain excess moisture into the pan, drain holes are made at the bottom of the pot and on the sides.

Royal begonias hybrids are planted either by seed or tubers. The latter option is preferable.

Landing technology:

  • The bottom of the pot is drained: expanded clay, pebbles are laid.
  • River sand is poured over the drainage.
  • Add the substrate.
  • Moisten the soil and plant a flower.

The plant does not completely fall asleep. To prevent the root collar from rotting, it is left on the surface. After two weeks, the tubers will sprout, they are covered with earth. The flower pot is placed in a well-lit place.

In the garden

Royal begonias and their hybrids are rarely grown outdoors as they are not resistant to bright light. But some growers plant this kind of begonias in the garden. Plants are placed in open ground when stable warm weather is established - in late May or early June.

Choose a light, but well-shaded area so that the delicate leaves do not get sunburn. The culture is planted in soil with neutral acidity. The ideal substrate is a mixture of humus, leaf and sod land with the addition of coniferous soil and river sand.

Home care rules

Location and lighting

It is better not to put begonias Griffin on windowsills. The most favorable places for placing pots are shelves, tables opposite the light source.

Important! In tropical conditions, begonias grow in places where the sun is constantly at its zenith, and because of this, they cannot turn towards the light. It is not recommended to rearrange containers with flowers from one place to another.

Temperature and humidity

The optimum temperature for keeping the Griffin is from 18 to 25 degrees Celsius. In winter, the temperature is lowered to + 16-18 degrees. Begonia does not tolerate drafts and cold snaps - at + 10-13 degrees it stops developing. In winter, the culture has a period of calm until spring.

Humidity is of great importance, especially during hot weather. At optimal humidity - 50-60%, the flower will feel comfortable even at + 30 degrees. To increase humidity, a number of measures are taken:

  • Use a humidifier.
  • Sprinkle the air with a fine spray around the flower (not on the leaves).
  • In the summertime, pots are installed under pallets, on the bottom of which damp pebbles or a cloth are placed. It is periodically moistened with water.

Begonia Griffin, due to the juicy and large leaves, evaporates much more moisture than the rhizome compensates.

Watering mode

In the summer, the culture is watered abundantly., since hybrids of Royal begonias do not tolerate dry soil in the heat. Moistening is carried out regularly - 3-4 times a week as the upper soil layer dries up. Closer to winter, irrigation is reduced.
When watering, do not allow moisture to enter the leaves.

It is not recommended to moisten begonias with cold tap water. It should be soft and slightly warm. Irrigation water is pre-filtered or boiled. Due to the large leaf plates, the Griffin collects a lot of dust. It is necessary to monitor the cleanliness of the plant and wipe the leaves every 2-3 weeks with a dry cloth.

Top dressing

Fertilize begonias regularly - at least 1 time per month. Mineral complex fertilizers, organic, are suitable. Before feeding the plant, be sure to water it. In winter, no fertilizer is added - the flower is preparing for a dormant period.


An important rule in caring for Royal begonias hybrids is the annual transplant. The culture is transplanted in the spring into a wide pot, 3-4 cm wider than the previous pot. A new soil composition is prepared for transplantation.

Diseases and pests

Due to improper care, begonia can get sick. Common diseases are:

  1. Powdery mildew due to high humidity. Treatment - treatment with Topaz fungicide.
  2. Root rot due to over-watering.
  3. Thinning of leaves from lack of light.
  4. Brown spots due to burns from direct sunlight.

Leaves and stems can be affected by gray mold. For treatment, use the drug Fundazol or a solution of the Bordeaux mixture.

When the plant is weakened, pests may appear: spider mites, aphids, scale insects. The affected flower should be isolated from the rest and sprayed with a solution of water and laundry soap. For advanced diseases, insecticides are used - for example, Fitoverm, Karbofos.

Breeding features

Begonia Griffin is propagated in several ways: by dividing the root, vegetative and seed. Root division:

  • During the transplant, some of the roots are removed.
  • Places of cuts are sprinkled with charcoal.
  • Place the rhizome in the finished substrate.
  • Watering and waiting for shoots.

When propagated by cuttings, they are taken from the leaves or from the stems. They are placed in the water until the roots appear and planted in the ground. Begonia can be propagated by pieces of leaves cut into small triangles.

Attention! There must be veins inside the triangles.

The cut parts of the leaves are pressed tightly to the ground and covered with foil. It needs to be lifted daily so that the leaves do not rot. In two weeks, new shoots will appear. Plants are transplanted into a separate container when they are strong enough.

Planting seeds:

  1. The seeds are treated with potassium permanganate for 30-40 minutes.
  2. Washed and planted on a wet peat tablet on a pallet.
  3. The planting material is covered with glass or polyethylene.

Water is added to the pan to keep the peat moist. The room temperature is maintained at + 20-22 degrees. Shoots will appear in 2-3 weeks.

Growing a Griffin at home, a hybrid of the Royal Begonia, is not particularly difficult. It is important for the plant to provide diffused lighting and protect from direct ultraviolet rays. Water as the soil dries out, do not overmoisten. Transplant the flower annually into another container with a fresh substrate.

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