Begonia Rex is a popular species of the Begonia plant, known for its striking foliage. It is also sometimes referred to as the King Begonia or Painted-Leaf Begonia.
The Begonia Rex has large, asymmetrical leaves that come in a range of colors and patterns, including silver, pink, purple, green, and burgundy. The leaves are often textured or have a metallic sheen.
Begonia Rex is a beautiful and unique houseplant, but it can be finicky and require some extra care compared to other houseplants. However, with the right conditions and care, it can thrive and provide you with beautiful foliage for years to come.
Begonia Rex prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate lower light conditions. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, so it's best to place the plant in a location with filtered light. A north-facing window or a spot a few feet away from an east- or west-facing window can be good options. If you notice that the plant is not getting enough light, you may notice that the leaves are turning yellow or brown, or that the plant is not growing as quickly. On the other hand, if the plant is getting too much light, you may notice that the leaves are becoming pale or turning brown around the edges.
Begonia Rex prefers soil that is consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water the plant when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. It's important not to let the soil dry out completely, as this can cause the leaves to wilt and drop. On the other hand, overwatering can lead to root rot and other problems. Be sure to water the soil directly rather than the leaves, as wet leaves can encourage fungal growth.
Begonia Rex prefers high humidity levels, so it's a good idea to increase the humidity around the plant. You can do this by misting the leaves regularly or placing the plant on a tray of pebbles filled with water. As the water in the tray evaporates, it will increase the humidity level around the plant.
In addition, Begonia Rex can be sensitive to cold drafts and sudden changes in temperature, so it's a good idea to keep the plant away from doors or windows that are frequently opened or closed.
Not Pet Friendly
Begonia Rex is considered to be toxic to pets, including cats and dogs. The plant contains insoluble oxalates, which can cause irritation and swelling in the mouth, tongue, and throat, as well as digestive issues if ingested. If you have pets in your home, it's best to keep Begonia Rex out of their reach or choose a different plant that is safe for pets.
What Size am I?
Comes in a 12cm pot.