How To Grow Begonia Rex
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Begonia Rex, on the other hand, is the prime foliage plant and any
flowers that it produces should be picked off so that they do not take
away from the leaves.
They come in many different foliage colors and variations and are definitely one of the most attractive foliage house plants you can get.
Plant Care Tip
Never keep Begonias too wet and use a free
draining potting mix.
They also like high humidity levels so keep them in trays filled with
gravel and water.
Where To Grow Angel Wing Begonias
Begonia plants do not enjoy full sunshine and they should not be placed
in a window that receives direct sunshine for part of the day to avoid burning of the foliage.
for a begonia plant is an area where it can get plenty of daylight but
not direct sunlight. It does not mind dappled light, where the sun is
filtered through other plants.
They grow well, therefore in a
conservatory where they can be partly protected from the sun by other
plants but receive plenty of daylight.
Care and Maintenance Of Begonia Plants
Don't ever over water your begonia and don't water the leaves.
best to have the pot standing in a tray of sand or pebbles so that the
water can drain
into that. Watering once a week should be enough and in the winter it
needs even less.
Give your plant a liquid feed once a month.
This should be applied
just after watering so that it is absorbed into the moist compost.
Begonias should be potted in a fibrous compost that will drain well.
They are shallow rooted plants and dislike any growing medium that holds
Re-pot your plant once a year during the winter months.
Move it to a pot that is just a little bigger than
previous one - by about an inch, not more. Put two or three inches of
fresh compost into the bottom of the new pot. After you have watered the
lift it gently out of its existing pot and move it to the new pot.
Fill the pot with new, fresh compost.
This annual re-potting will make sure that the begonia plant keeps a
good shape and foliage color.
Begonia house plants are normally propagated by stem cuttings.
possible to propagate a them with a leaf cutting, simply breaking off
a leaf and
sticking it in a pot of compost, but this is normally more successful
with the outdoor varieties.
For Rex Begonia propagation it is best to use leaf cuttings and insert them in a pot filled with compost.
Cover the pot with a plastic bag until the leaf has started to produce roots.
For a stem cutting, choose a stem that has not flowered and has plenty
of buds on it. Take a cutting with at least one bud and put the cutting
in a jar
of water. You can put several cuttings in the same jar.
After a few
days, you will see that little fibrous roots are beginning to grow from
Once these roots are about half an inch long, transfer each stem to a
small pot of potting compost and let it grow on.
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