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How to care for Rex Begonia
Rex Begonia needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.
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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.
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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.
What other plant parents say
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.
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!
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.
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.