Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on May 13, 1967 · Page 44
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 44

Tucson, Arizona
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Saturday, May 13, 1967
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YOUR HOUSE PLANTS Begonias Beautiful By Eunice And Verne Owen Most of us who grew up in a colder climate can remember a plant-laden, old fashioned "stand table" by a sunny window. On winter nights the window shade had to be carefully lowered to make certain the leaves would not come in contact with the cold window panes. There were sure to be geraniums, begonias, and impatiens. The latter were commonly called "everyday-bloomers" because there were always flowers on them. All of these plants are just as lovely and as easily grown today as they were then and many greatly improved varieties have also been developed. B e g o n i a s are tropical plants, coming mostly from South and Central America although some are native to India and Africa. There are at least 1,200 different species plus untold numbers of hybrids, mutations, and chance seedlings. They are divided into three classes: fibrous- rooted, tuberous-rooted, and rhizomatous. These, iif turn, are divided according to general appearance and cultures. The fibrous-rooted group includes the Semperflorens, or wax begonias, an almost ev- erblooming type with succulent stems and waxy leaves; the Canestemmed, or angel w i n g variety with wing- shaped leaves and drooping flower clusters on bamboo- like stems; and various Hirsute or "hairy begonias". Rex begonias are various hybrids which are grown mainly for their beautful foliage. The leafstalks, veins, and sometimes the upper surfaces of the leaves, are covered with fine hairs. The leaves are often beautifully marked with bright colors and make interesting as well as attractive house plants. Rhizomatous begonias have t h i c k , root-like rhizomes which grow on top of the ground, or very nearly so, and send roots down into the soil. One of these is called Lettuce Leaf (Erythrophylla bunchii) with fleshy light green leaves that are red tinged and frilly edged. These are very decorative and are propagated by leaf cuttings. f Another easily grown rhizo- Star Begonia, Heracleifolia CITIZEN PHOTO BY BILL HOPKINS matous variety is the Star begonia (Heracleifolia Nigr- icans) a native of Mexico. The leaves are palmately lobed and blackish green with contrasting pale green along the main veins. The stems are hair covered as are the undersides of the leaf veins. The pale pink flowers are borne on long stems high above the leaves. The most common and probably the easiest to grow are the wax begonias. Many new hybrids in this class have been developed and are easily propagated from cuttings or seeds. The flowers range in color from white through many shades of pink and red. Most begonias like a loose, well drained, slightly acid soil that is rich in humus or organic matter. A good mix contains two parts good top soil, a two part leaf mold or peat moss, one part sharp sand, and a small amount of well rotted manure. Rex begonias should be kept evenly moist at all times but not soggy wet. Rhizo- matous, wax, and angel wing varieties should be allowed to become almost dry 'occasionally and then watered thoroughly. In our climate begonias should be kept in an airy location by a well lighted window, but no sunshine unless it is very early in the morning. Imaginative Homes. Tucson's imaginative builder presents two new architect-designed showcase. homes, with, atriums. 8 custom floorplans. WINDSOR PARK H Drive east on Speedway, Left at Camino Seco. P.O. 17450/Phone 296-1031 4439 E. BROADWAY PHONE 327-6351 SEE Mr.Shadron or One of His CAPABLE STAFF Investments IN HOMES LAND INCOME PROPERTY discuss it with experts in property and land values SKadron, ALL THE LATEST VARIETIES BLOOMING ROSES 5 Gal. Cans Large Selection From £ ea. BUSH CLIMBERS PEAT MOSS 4 Bushels · A CC Glacier View- ^UU Black Peat ^ STEER MANURE Pulverized Weed Free 28 bag BERMUDA SEED 98° Best Grade Ib. SPECIAL SALE! on Large Aleppo Pines That Have Outgrown Their Containers And Need to be Sold 15 Gal. Size Reg. 19.95 8 Gal.Size Reg. 12.95 NOW! Spec Spec. 9 CASH CARRY In Full Bloom Established in Containers ea. SCOTTS HEADQUARTERS I Builder S^ Amtrfcrt fcwi" fi«£VS» 1*5 I Bonus weeds at I Cottonless COTTONWOOD and WEEPING WILLOW TREES 5 Gal. Containers 7 Feet Tall Reg. 4.95 Special 3 ^, UM TRE9E4 t WEICHENBERGER 7 Feel Toll Q f I Reg. 4.95 5p6C. A. ( *^iiO,iL-»:f^^rA^i IJ-tt l^JU T\l JU UAV^^., __9;5_;30^SUN.JO-5 ·^t458^.^PEEDWAXjii: A. 6-9123 · 519 E. G R A N T R D . - M A . 4-3061 SATURDAY, MAY 13, 1967 T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N PAGE 19

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