Is there a begonia disease in Maryland this year. I was told by a landscaper...

Asked June 20, 2013, 10:22 AM EDT

Is there a begonia disease in Maryland this year. I was told by a landscaper that there was but can't find anything except an article about some mold. If there is something going around what should I treat it with. Our office has about $6,000 worth of begonia, red, white and pink, some green and red leaf. Thanks, Mike

Montgomery County Maryland

2 Responses

There are no major concerns about begonias this year.
Your landscaper may have meant flowering impatiens. Often used for large planting beds, impatiens developed downy mildew last season which decimated the plants. This disease was new to our area and it was recommended that they not be planted this year.
Begonias were one of the recommended replacements.
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Thank you for the information