Glorious, five fingered, (palmate), maple shaped leaves with a textured, jagged edge. The colours blend deep and light green with dashes of silver and mahogany. The reverse of the leaves is a contrasting, muted red which matches the stems.
You can pot this one up for a tropical vibe, or tone it down with a white pot for a bit of sophistication.
Focussed on foliage, it rarely flowers, but when it does they are little bright pink fancies.
Potted Rex Begonias can be grown inside or out. Inside they favour a brightly lit position with a bit of ventilation. Outside they like morning sun or filtered light – they will burn up like a vampire in the hot afternoon sun. As rainforest plant they appreciate some humidity. There is some info on this in the details below. If you have a frosty winter, it should be bought indoors to shelter when it gets cold.
SIZE (HxW): 20-40 x 20-40cm
I SEE THE LIGHT: They grow best in a bright, indirect light – if you need a light to read by during the day in their position, it is too dark.
I NEED A DRINK: Water well, then allow the soil to dry out between each watering – to test this, just dip your finger into the soil and check that it is pretty much dry before watering. Water so the water runs out the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot, then make sure it isn’t sitting in water, if you over water you can leave the plants open to powdery mildew, mould, rot and fungal diseases.
Over winter every other week should be plenty, as water doesn’t evaporate as quickly. Avoid wetting the stem/leaves when you water.
Hailing rainforest areas, Begonias likes humidity to sit at around 40%, keep this in mind if you live in a cold climate, as your heating might dry it out over the winter (leaf tips will turn brown or just drop off). You can provide some humidity for your beloved plant, by placing them over a plate with rocks and water, this will naturally form humidity around the plant. Or if you want to get very fancy and grow a few of these tropical treats, a humidifier is a good investment. Another option is to grow them in a terrarium.
I WILL SURVIVE: It’s ideal temperature range is 16-30C. “Nobody puts baby in the corner”, air flow around the plant is important, if you crowd your plants into a dingy corner they are bound to be a little unhappy.
Feed them using a diluted liquid fertiliser spring/summer when you water, just follow the directions on the pack.
In winter they like to chill out, they may die back a bit but relax, reduce watering, don’t fertilise them and keep the plant in a brightly lit, warm spot and come the spring they will take off again. If you are growing yours outdoors and you get cold winter temperatures, you might like to bring it inside for a spell.
Supplied as: Pots
Size: 7.5 cm
Cool to Sub-Tropical
Semi Shade to Full Shade