Rex begonia vine for sale
Here are his top five tips for keeping a Begonia rex alive. There are hundreds of cultivars of B. Their main quibble with modern homes is dry air, Booman tells me, causing brown edges on the foliage followed by leaf drop.
Dormant leafless plants take on the appearance of a pile of snakes coiled on the soil, as the twisted old rhizomes wait for a signal from the sun that longer days have returned, making it safe to push out new leaf growth again.
The Begonia rex species from which all the plants were bred comes from Assam, northern India. And exactly how much humidity? Fifty-five percent is the Begonia rex sweet spot, but higher will work too: When given salty water, they pump it to the leaf edges, where it evaporates, leaving these same salts at the pores. The accumulation burns the leaf edges brown and dead. Booman has another trick: The soil must be allowed to get light in weight, almost dry, before they are watered again.
The roots are very fine and delicate. Too much water rots the roots off the plants, especially at cool temperatures, e. So water heavily when you do water, but do not water often. And finally, feeding is vital to get the foliage looking at its best. Booman advises feeding with a soluble houseplant feed once a month, April through August, at a concentration of parts per million nitrogen. Nitrogen is all-important for leaf production, and although rex begonias do flower, you can pinch out or snip off the flowers when they come in winter to chivvy the plant into putting all its energy into leaf production.
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