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Begonia

Begonias are fun and lively plants that will add a splash of color and intrigue to your space with their intricate leaves. Native to Brazil, these plants are easy-going and enjoy bright indirect light, warm temperatures, and moisture.

How to care for your Begonia

Use these instructions to care for a Begonia. This guide will tell you how to water a Begonia; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Begonia Fedor

LIGHT

Your Begonia prefers medium to bright indirect light. Direct light can burn the leaves.

WATER

Water when the soil volume is 50-75% dry. Water thoroughly until you see water flow out of the drainage hole. Discard any excess water in the tray after a few minutes.

HUMIDITY

Your Begonia prefers a humid environment but does not tolerate misting. Use a pebble tray or humidifier instead.

TEMPERATURE

Your Begonia will do well in average room temperatures between 65-80°F.  

FOOD

Feed once a month during the spring and summer with an all-purpose fertilizer for indoor plants. Never apply fertilizer to dry soil.

TOXICITY

Your Begonia is considered toxic to pets and humans if ingested.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Begonias are prone to powdery mildew that can occur if their leaves are kept wet, so avoid getting the leaves wet during watering and do not mist the plant. Brown leaf edges can be trimmed away with a pair of plant snips; this indicates the plant would benefit from a boost in humidity.

Begonia Princess of Hanover

LIGHT

Your Begonia prefers medium to bright indirect light. Direct light can burn the leaves.

WATER

Water when the soil volume is 50-75% dry. Water thoroughly until you see water flow out of the drainage hole. Discard any excess water in the tray after a few minutes.

HUMIDITY

Your Begonia prefers a humid environment but does not tolerate misting. Use a pebble tray or humidifier instead.

TEMPERATURE

Your Begonia will do well in average room temperatures between 65-80°F.  

FOOD

Feed once a month during the spring and summer with an all-purpose fertilizer for indoor plants. Never apply fertilizer to dry soil.

TOXICITY

Your Begonia is considered toxic to pets and humans if ingested.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Begonias are prone to powdery mildew that can occur if their leaves are kept wet, so avoid getting the leaves wet during watering and do not mist the plant. Brown leaf edges can be trimmed away with a pair of plant snips; this indicates the plant would benefit from a boost in humidity.

Begonia Red Kiss

LIGHT

Your Begonia prefers medium to bright indirect light. Direct light can burn the leaves.

WATER

Water when the soil volume is 50-75% dry. Water thoroughly until you see water flow out of the drainage hole. Discard any excess water in the tray after a few minutes.

HUMIDITY

Your Begonia prefers a humid environment but does not tolerate misting. Use a pebble tray or humidifier instead.

TEMPERATURE

Your Begonia will do well in average room temperatures between 65-80°F.  

FOOD

Feed once a month during the spring and summer with an all-purpose fertilizer for indoor plants. Never apply fertilizer to dry soil.

TOXICITY

Your Begonia is considered toxic to pets and humans if ingested.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Begonias are prone to powdery mildew that can occur if their leaves are kept wet, so avoid getting the leaves wet during watering and do not mist the plant. Brown leaf edges can be trimmed away with a pair of plant snips; this indicates the plant would benefit from a boost in humidity.

Polka Dot Begonia

LIGHT

Your Polka Dot Begonia will do the best bright indirect light. It will tolerate medium light but watch to make sure your plant does not become leggy and stretch for the sun. However, do not place in full sun, as the leaves can burn and dry out. 

WATER

Water when the soil volume is 50-75% dry. Water thoroughly until you see water flow out of the drainage hole. Discard any excess water in the tray after a few minutes.

HUMIDITY

Your Begonia prefers a humid environment but does not tolerate misting. Use a pebble tray or humidifier, instead.

TEMPERATURE

Your Begonia will do well in average room temperatures between 65-80°F.  

FOOD

Feed once a month during the spring and summer with an all-purpose fertilizer for indoor plants. Never apply fertilizer to dry soil.

TOXICITY

Your Begonia is considered toxic to pets and humans if ingested.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Begonias are prone to powdery mildew that can occur if their leaves are kept wet, so avoid getting the leaves wet during watering and do not mist the plant. Brown leaf edges can be trimmed away with a pair of plant snips; this indicates the plant would benefit from a boost in humidity.

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What's a Begonia?

Botanical Classification: Begonia maculata ‘Wightii’

ABOUT

These popular, colorful, leafy plants are aesthetically pleasing with their unusual leaf shapes and gorgeous blooms. They are relatively easy to care for and appreciate a humid environment.

Begonias are native to Central and South America, Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. They typically grow in cool, damp, tropical rainforests, though they can sometimes adapt to drier climates.

FUN FACT

Begonias have a succulent-like stem, which is great for storing water! This means they can go a little longer between waterings. 

Pictured Left: Polka Dot Begonia

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