Three House Plants: Begonias, Peperomias & Pileas (14 August 2022)
Three House Plants: Begonias, Peperomias & Pileas - Talk with Stephen Flood (1–2:30pm Sunday 14 August)
Do you struggle with Rex Begonias? How is your Chinese Coin Plant? How do you go with Pileas? In this month's gardening talk with expert grower and horticulturist Stephen Flood, we dig deep into the world of three popular indoor and shade plant species: Begonias, Peperomias and Pileas.
We're going to look at all the different forms of these three popular plants species, including both common and rare varieties; how to identify them botanically; how to successfully grow them as house plants or in the garden; how to remedy common problems; and how to propagate them.
This talk will cover:
- Understanding the botanical classification of these plants: what do they have in common, what characteristics are unique to each plant genus?
- Having a close look at the flowers that each plant produces, and how they help (and in some cases, don’t help) them reproduce.
- Locating these plants within their natural habitats: where they originate, what climate and soil conditions they prefer, and what unique characteristics have helped them adapt from an evolutionary perspective.
- Understanding why Begonias, Peperomias and Pileas make such good houseplants.
- Identifying the different types of Begonias, and understanding their different care requirements.
- Identifying common species of Begonias, Peperomias and Pileas, and some rare ones too.
- Learning how to best care for these plants, including what to do with them when they get too big.
- Identifying common problems and pests with these plants, including under/overwatering, water pH, light levels, powdery mildew.
- How to propagate, when to do it, and how to look after newly propagated plants.
This talk is suitable for the curious beginner and experienced indoor gardeners. The formal talk will be approximately 1 hour in length, followed by 30 minutes of questions from participants, so please feel free to bring along a question, photo or miserable plant for Steve to solve (please only bring diseased plants in a bag!).
Participants are welcome to join in person or join online via webinar: choose from one of these two options when registering. If you have selected the option to join online, you will be sent a link via email to login to the presentation online on the day before the talk's start time (for this reason, please ensure that you include your email address when registering). You will also need to select the "in-store pickup" option for delivery if you are joining online. We will have a moderator who will field questions for Steve from people who are joining online. Coffee and light food will be available for purchase for those attending in person.
About Stephen Flood B.App.Sc. (hort) MAIH. Registered Horticulturist
Stephen Flood is one of Australia's leading horticulturists and an experienced educator, grower and plant collector. He has a Diploma in Horticulture and a Bachelor of Applied Science and over 40 years' experience in nursery plant production and sales, landscape design and construction, fauna and flora surveys, vegetation management, and horticulture education.
Steve is a registered horticulturist and a member of the Australian Institute of Horticulture, the Nursery and Garden Industry Association, and various specialist plant societies. He is currently semi-retired and grows tropical and sub-tropical foliage and flowering plants.
Cost: $20 (Talks do not attract the multi-pass discount). Please note that we do not send reminders, so please be sure to diarise this event when you register.