Exciting New Begonias and Crotons….Wow!

by | Jul 21, 2019 | 6 comments

Last weekend I attended a trade show in Ohio where all the newest varieties of plants are showcased. I of course, am on the look out for new houseplants and I found some that I want to show you. Here are some from a previous year. The crotons (Codiaem variegatum) I saw were amazing!  I know that crotons can be tough houseplants. Their amazing colors disappear inside unless you have an extremely bright spot, such as a south or west window and they also should not be allowed to dry out for any length of time or leaves will drop and spider mites may move in. If you can keep the humidity high and the light up, that foliage can NOT be beat. Begonias are equally beautiful. They may not have the bright colors of crotons, but they have gorgeous leaves.

New Thai Dye Crotons

The Foremost Co. introduced these crotons and are called the Thai Dye series. Many crotons have been hybridized in Thailand and these are obviously coming from there, as well. With the colors and patterns on the leaves, “Thai Dye” is a perfect name for this new line of crotons.

New croton varieties

New croton varieties

Thai Dye croton To the Max

“To the Max’ Thai Dye Croton

'To theMax' Croton

Look how large these leaves are on ‘To the Max’

Croton 'Gnarly'

‘Gnarly’ Croton in Thai Dye series

The one below was my favorite! Look at those leaves!

'Tubular' Croton

‘Tubular’ Croton in Thai Dye series


‘Tubular’ croton

'Tubular' croton foliage

Leaf of ‘Tubular’ croton

'Twisted' croton

‘Twisted’ croton

'Twisted' croton

‘Twited’ croton

'Twisted' croton

‘Twisted’ croton

New beautiful begonias

Begonias are a hot item right now. The foliage is amazing and as long as you give them a medium to bright light and treat them like succulents, they should thrive. There stems hold water, so they can dry down a bit before watering, like true succulents, so do not over water them. Look at these new hybrids! The first four are from Greenfuse and called the Bewitched series and the last two are from Terra Nova and are called the Silver series.

Bewitched series 'Wintergreen'

‘Wintergreen’ Bewitched series begonia

Bewitched 'White'

Bewitched ‘White’ begonia

Bewitched 'Red Black'

Bewitched ‘Red Black’

Bewitched 'Pink'

Bewitched ‘Pink’

Terra Nova introduced these two begonias below and the foliage is striking.

Begoinia Silver 'Treasure'

Begonia Silver ‘Treasure’

Silver 'Treasure'

Silver ‘Treasure’

Silver' Lace'

Silver ‘Lace’

There are more exciting new plants, including some aglaonemas and a diffenbachia that I will show you later. It is exciting to see new houseplants being created and brought to market. The problem is wanting one of each!

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    • Lisa Steinkopf

      Hi Lois,
      Which one is benitochiba? They are not my plants but were introduced at Cultivate ’19 in Columbus. You would have to contact the companies that have introduced them. And thank you for your polite comment.

    • Shari Harniss

      Lois, there are gentler ways of replying to a blog post that you think may contain errors. Being aggressive and sharp does not make you superior or popular.
      As a maker of mistakes myself, I prefer a less mean way of pointing mine out.

      • Lisa Steinkopf

        Thank you Shari. I saw these plants at a trade show, as I stated. If it was already an established plant, someone should let the company know. I spent time at the show with Steve of Steve’s Leaves and he didn’t say anything about it. I assume that it is a new introduction with perhaps some difference from the parents. Have a great day!

  1. Trudy

    Are these begonias tuberous? I am looking to plant outdoors in the shade and would lift them in the fall. Thankyou

    • Lisa Steinkopf

      Hi Trudy,
      Those are Rex begonias. You could grow them in the ground or in a pot, but there is no tuber to store.


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