latest update January 2016
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Welcome to Brad's Begonia World

This Site was created for all who love and grow begonias. Follow the links below to see the various information offered here. This is not a commercial site and there is no advertising on this site other than links to sources for begonias on the links page. All the information offered is to promote interest in begonias and to provide begonia enthusiasts with information.

American Begonia Society Links Page Begonia Sources Begonia Species

The different types
of Begonias
Cane Begonia Page
begonia 'Coral Sabers'
Shrub Begonia Page
Tuberous Begonia Page
Tuberous Page 2
tuberous begonia
Rex Begonia Page
Rex Begonia Page 2
rex begonia
Begonia Page
begonia 'Jester'
More types and info will be included as it becomes available and new pages are added.
Any content contributions are welcome unless deemed unsuitable or not appropriate for this site. Subject to webmaster approval for inclusion.

begonia 'Peppermint

Many or most people are either familiar with Facebook or they belong.  Many ABS clubs plus ABS itself has a page.  The largest and most used around the world though is Planet Begonia.  Although a closed group that only members can see and post to, you can apply to join.  A wealth of pictures and comments plus being able to connect with growers worldwide. Click the link on Planet begonia or the image above it to go to the FB page.

These pictures and the ones on the opposite page are just placeholders for future content

begonia 'Edith Rose'
begonia 'Ginny'
begonia 'Jester'
begonia 'Jester'
begonia 'Pastel Princess'
begonia 'Jester'
begonia 'Benitochiba'begonia 'Tea Rose'begonia 'Curly Stormy

Brad's Begonia World
 is in the process of a site revamp, I apologize for any broken links or pages not working correctly. If you have visited this site before you can see that our home page has already changed. I hope you like the new look. You can smission bells semi-doubletill visit all the pages previously offered here by clicking any of the links along the top or sides of this page. Besides adding new content I am revising all the pages of this site including adding many more pictures. It will take a little time so please be patient. Two pages just added are the Rhizomatous Page and a page on Pruning. Also new lady katsucontent will be added to the Tuberous Page with many new pictures contributed by our friend Mike Flaherty (though many of those were actually taken by his partner Gary Hunt). For the sources and links Pages, if anyone has any they would like added, send e-mail to the address at the bottom of the page. I also hope to add a questions page where I will post frequently asked questions and answers to growers questions. I also hope to add materials for groups, ABS branches, and local newsletter editors. Anyone that has ideas for materials they would find useful or ideas for pages they would like to see, please feel free to share them with me. Also for the first time I'm making my site available foriris bird other writers and growers to contribute to these pages, either with pictures, tips, articles and other materials. I will retain the final say on what is added but am grateful for any help and anything submitted will be used as long as it is accurate and suitable for Brad's Begonia World. Anything submitted will be free for all to use but credit will be given to the authors and photographers for the material I ulomita ladse. This section of the home page will be replaced with general begonia information once the site has been revamped. I hope you enjoy the new content and new look, comments are welcome. I'm attempting to add content and revamp my pages again since it has been awhile.  Would appreciate any suggestions, links, etc. that you think would help you or your club.  I last did a total revamp five years ago so i think it is probably overdo.  This following is not an advertisement but to help ABS.   You can find the entire current website in book form on the Begonia Society website in the shop.  Wendy Corby did the monumental task of compiling the pages in book form along with even more pictures added.  There are even a couple of topics in it that I meant to add but hadn't yet so it actually has more information.  All proceeds go to ABS so it is for a good cause.  The direct link is, thanks Wendy for all the wonderful work you did compiling the book, editing, adding, and getting photos and permissions.  It was a lot of hard work and you deserve a round of applause for a job well done.  I always meant to do it but since I started working on it as chapters 15 years ago it probably would never have gotten done by me so thank you again, I appreciate it so much.  I hope to be able to name a few new hybrids in your honor eventually as a way of thanking you.  Of course now that Wendy has made this website into a book, I'm in the position of now having to add new content but that is long overdue.

Good growing.............Brad Thompson

 If you have sent questions or comments to the e-mail below, I have to admit I did not usually have time to answer detailed begonia questions. I hope to add a blog to this site that would make it easier to ask questions and for other growers to answer as well.  It is only in the works since I have never done it before there will be a learning curve I'm sure.  I may start out just using it to get out information or to express my ideas or opinions.  I try not to be political or controversial, who would think there would be such things in a plant growing circle of people, but there is both. I will attempt to not start any that don't already exist or to get involved in any current ones because I just want people to appreciate and grow begonias.  That said, I'm not above a friendly lively discussion of differing opinions, as long as everyone eventually agrees with me.  That is my sense of humor showing, not everyone gets it so please no hate mail.  Feel free to send your suggestions, comments or questions to the link below.  I'm going to try and made a concerted effort to keep up with checking and reading the mail.  Often I've gotten enough questions on a topic that I make a page covering that issue and answering most of the questions.  Many people today do not want to read or find out for themselves if they can just ask someone to tell the answer.  If I give you a link to a page rather than an answer it's because the answer is there for you to read so don't take offense.  If after reading you still have questions I will try to answer them.
feel free to contact me with any suggestions, questions or comments you may have

 Kartuz Greenhouses

This is not an ad but a source where you can find the largest selection of Brad Thompson hybrids, Begonias and also his other plant hybrids.  Visit the site often, they always have new
items co
Begonia 'Miss Julie'me into stock, it changes all the time.  I am somewhat biased because they carry so many of my creations and I have some connection to the business though am not employed there. The picture to the left is of my hybrid Begonia 'Miss Julie' which they carry.

 Greenhouse and Nursery Hours:
9 AM to Noon and 1:00 PM to 3 PM    Tues. through Sat.
Closed to the public on Sun. and Mon.
1408 Sunset Drive, Vista, CA 92081
Phone (760) 941-3613,   Fax: (760) 941-1123

Begonia Growing
Cultural Pages

Growing Begonias indoors

Coming in for the winter

Culture Page

Arranging your

Before anyone asks, this lovely nook full of terrariums was grown by my good friend Joan Coulat and no I don't have a source for domes like that anymore.

light stand

Gardening Under Lights

Re-potting Page

Growing for Showing

Pruning your Begonias

Advice on
taking advice

International Database of Begonias (Begoniaceae)IDB logo
Click this Link to visit the IDB

This is the first place to go when looking for the correct spelling of a Begonia name, verifying an ID of Begonia or to find out more information on all listed begonias.  Lovingly maintained by Ross Bolwell, who is also a world famous hybridizer of begonias, it has information on all Begonias that have been listed, published or provided to him by hybridizers themselves.  The list is in the thousands, over 18,000 at last county, many with photos of the Begonias provided by photographers around the world.  The site is set up for searches and for anyone with knowledge or pictures to contribute by submission to each entry.  You will find not only the known information on a Begonia, but the sources for the material should you want to research further and credits to the contributors.  Also provided is good information on synonyms or alternate names for any Begonias that have them.  This is an under utilized and under appreciated undertaking by Ross and others which is why I'm putting this info right on my front page so you can't miss it.  If a Begonia is on the web, Ross will find it somehow, I don't know how but the gets them all.  Let him know you appreciate his hard work when you have used the site.  I know he loves feedback.
begonia 'Black Gold'
begonia group
begonia yard pic
begonias in yard