Begonia Gryphon is astounding. The leaves are gorgeous – beyond gorgeous. Quite frankly, I do not know if this plant has a noticeable flower and do not care. The leaves are the show and demand all your attention. Above you see their attractive variegated display.
The top of the Gryphon begonia is a unique mixture of white and green, with the stem and under leaf being a delicious deep pumpkin color. New leaves (see photo at right) are pumpkinish in tone and are a sight all by themselves. Truly beautiful.
More than one photographer stopped at my garden this season to take photos of the remarkable leaf structure. Below you see my business partner, Mario Salazar, doing his photography thing with my front porch Gryphon baby.
HOW TO GROW A GRYPHON BEGONIA PLANT –
- Obtain a Gryphon Begonia plant at a local nursery, then find a shade to part-shade location to plant your baby.
- Gryphon’s prefer containers and for some reason get much larger and more leafy in a container. However, you can plant the plant in the ground as well. Plant the Gryphon Begonia in a container or garden bed by digging a hole twice the size of the plant’s root ball, then gently covering the roots with soil once the root ball is in the ground. Soil which is well drained and well-amended with compost or rotted manure will increase the success of the leafing display.
- Mulch your Gryphon – it needs consistent water and moisture, although it is fairly tough and drought tolerant compared to other shade loving annuals.
- Feeding with an organic fertilizer every two weeks or so will help it become a larger more florific plant. I added manure at the beginning of the season and did NOTHING related to fertilizing the rest of the season.
Below you see Begonia Gryphon mixed in with other plants for my pallet garden experiment. We used Coleus ‘Kong’, Begonia ‘Gryphon’, Sweet Potato Vine ‘Blackie’, Impatiens, and Spider Plant.
Grow a Begonia ‘Gryphon’ this season – you will be happy with the results of this hardy and tough-as-nails annual plant as the beautiful leaf structure is a gorgeous accompaniment to almost any flower or great on its own.
Special Note – Because the FTC requires it, I am letting you know that Ball Horticultural supplied the annual plants grown in this garden. I write many instructional stories and videos with their flower and vegetable products and donate a large portion of the vegetables I grow to the local food pantry when harvested.