Plant Care Rex Begonia
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Rex Begonia

4.6 out of 5 (56 experiences)

Rex Begonia has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Rex Begonia has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Begonia 'Jive'

Taxonomy

Begonia rex-cultorum
Begonia
Begoniaceae
Cucurbitales

How to care for Rex Begonia

Water

How often to water your Rex Begonia

Water needs for Rex Begonia
0.5 cups
every 9

Rex Begonia needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Rex Begonia

Water 0.5 cups every
9

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5"
Light

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Finding light for Rex Begonia in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Rex Begonia: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Rex Begonia may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Rex Begonia in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Rex Begonia

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Rex Begonia: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Rex Begonia after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Rex Begonia is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


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Care Summary for Rex Begonia

Rex Begonia

Rex Begonia


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Rex Begonia has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 27
Rex Begonia has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 26
Rex Begonia has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 17
Rex Begonia has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 11
Rex Begonia has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 8
Rex Begonia has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 5
Rex Begonia has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 2
Rex Begonia has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Pinkandgreen avatar
@Pinkandgreen
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 546 XP
globe Kippa-Ring, Queensland
10/15/2021

This is my 3rd begonia added to my collection, and while I previously thought they were dramatic and easy to kill, I’m finding my begonias are proving me wrong, this one too. Betty likes the bathroom windowsill, bright indirect light, water about once a week. I love the variegated leaves.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Lkreedster avatar
@Lkreedster
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 1,021 XP
globe Mesa, Arizona
10/03/2021

Beautiful color and nice leaf shape 😊

Fast grower Fast grower
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@Jodielawrenceplants
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 106 XP
09/09/2021

this plant has a beautiful pink shimmer to the leaves 🌸

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Amy avatar
@Amy
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 446 XP
globe Greenville, South Carolina
08/20/2021

I think this has become my favorite plant, she is so colorful, I can sit for hours and look at her.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Ellinoteleanor
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 118 XP
08/08/2021

i love this plant<3! the stalk gets a little tangly in the pot if its not taken care of

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Theajohnson avatar
@Theajohnson
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 612 XP
globe Thornleigh, New South Wales
08/02/2021

this plant is one of the plants i forgot about in my house so this is my chance to revive it

Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
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@Jaydmurr
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 1,293 XP
globe South Portland, Maine
07/23/2021

the leaves are so shiny it seems fake

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Justplanty avatar
@Justplanty
leaf-1 91 Plants
xp 2,839 XP
07/13/2021

I absolutely love the luscious leaves and flower that this plant produces only thing do not put it outside during caterpillar season because my baby brought in a caterpillar and ate its leaves. So be carful!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Mvdi_ avatar
@Mvdi_
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 565 XP
globe Virginia Beach, Virginia
07/12/2021

I bought this plant from Lidl when it was wilting and basically dead. The minute I took it home and put it in water is perked up! It’s the easiest plant to take care of because the leaves droop when it needs water, and once you water it, an hour later it perks back up!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Demi avatar
@Demi
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 485 XP
globe Chicago, Illinois
07/12/2021

NOT TOLERANT TO HEAT. I don't recommend putting it in a hot room with no AC especially during the summer. Also give it some time if it looks dead because it can make a comeback.

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Madeline avatar
@Madeline
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 160 XP
globe Austin, Texas
06/20/2021

It loves humidity more than anything and is very picky in dry climates.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Essdubya avatar
@Essdubya
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 147 XP
06/08/2021

Dappled sun. Water when soil is dry. Must occasionally.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@Hondeydragonwithplants
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 110 XP
globe Edmond, Oklahoma
06/04/2021

snudew tends to get droopy sometimes but i try to let her get enough sunlight as possible, even though she is a low light plant she doesn’t seem like she’s getting enough. so once you get a rex make sure they get 1-4 hours of sun just to be careful!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Natalie avatar
@Natalie
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 137 XP
05/24/2021

Needs some extra care. It’s a very pretty plant but needs to be watered kinda frequently so needs a lotta care.

Browns easily Browns easily
Natalie avatar
@Natalie
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 137 XP
05/24/2021

Needs some extra care. It’s a very pretty plant but needs to be watered kinda frequently so needs a lotta care.

Browns easily Browns easily
Egotopia avatar
@Egotopia
leaf-1 117 Plants
xp 5,123 XP
globe Jacksonville, Florida
05/18/2021

Through trial and error (almost killed it) I have learned that this plant hates being near a/c and is dramatic when you miss watering day. It will thrive in bright sunlight, even limited direct sunlight, and humidity above 50%. Mine is in a west facing window and gets dappled direct sunlight in the afternoon. Potted in terracotta with a soil mix of organic potting soil, perlite, worm castings, and vermiculite.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
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@Shelbsplanta
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 67 XP
globe Nicholasville, Kentucky
05/16/2021

Dont skip a day to water and make sure it gets some sunlight!!!!

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Mocena avatar
@Mocena
leaf-1 70 Plants
xp 2,116 XP
globe Columbia, South Carolina
05/16/2021

Gotta make sure they have humidity but they will reward you!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Xxpinksirenxx
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 131 XP
globe Pinson, Alabama
05/13/2021

Make sure it has room to grow, adequate lighting but not direct sunlight, the leaves will start to burn. Shaded area works best. Mine accidentally stayed out in the a randomly low cold night & almost died, brought him back to full health in just a few weeks.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Kennedy avatar
@Kennedy
leaf-1 58 Plants
xp 911 XP
05/03/2021

It’s a very pretty color but if you don’t water it on time

Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower

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