Plant Care Bolivian Begonia

Bolivian Begonia

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Bolivian Begonia has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

About Bolivian Begonia

There are over 2,000 species of Begonia, and horticulturalists have created even more varities by cultivating all sorts of shapes and colors! They're native to tropical regions around the world, but are now found in homes in cold climates as well. Their taxonomy is far more complex than other plants, with species belonging to different cultivar groups. They contain oxalic acid, so be sure to keep them out of reach in homes with pets or children! ⚠️


Begonia boliviensis

How to care for Bolivian Begonia


How often to water your Bolivian Begonia

Water needs for Bolivian Begonia
0.5 cups
every 9

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

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 Bolivian Begonia

Water 0.5 cups every

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Bolivian Begonia in Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

25% Very Low

Growing Bolivian Begonia in Portland right now

Light needs for plant Bolivian Begonia in Portland, Oregon

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

January 28th, 2023

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Portland is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in det…

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Light needs for plant Bolivian Begonia in Portland, Oregon

Sunlight will increase by 46.4% ☀️

January 28th, 2023

Portland is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Portland is expected to increase by 46.4% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.1 megajoules of energy per m2

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Light needs for plant Bolivian Begonia in Portland, Oregon

Daylight will increase by 1.2 hours 📈

January 27th, 2023

This month, Portland is getting an average of 7.2 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 13.7% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.9 total hours of day…

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Finding light for Bolivian Begonia in your home

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

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

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Portland, Oregon ⛅.


How to fertilize Bolivian Begonia

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Bolivian 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 Bolivian Begonia after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Bolivian Begonia

Nutrient needs for plant Bolivian Begonia in Portland, Oregon

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

January 24th, 2023

The growing potential in Portland is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to…

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Difficulty Level

Bolivian 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!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Bolivian Begonia

Bolivian Begonia

Bolivian Begonia

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Bolivian Begonia has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Bolivian Begonia has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Bolivian Begonia has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
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I likes a lot of sun.

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