Plant Care Tuberous Begonia

Tuberous Begonia

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Tuberous Begonia has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

About Tuberous 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! ⚠️

Taxonomy

Begonia x tuberhybrida
Begonia
Begoniaceae
Cucurbitales

Also known as

Hybrid Tuberous Begonia

How to care for Tuberous Begonia

💦 Water

How often to water your Tuberous Begonia

Water needs for Tuberous Begonia
0.5 cups
every 9

Tuberous 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 Tuberous Begonia

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Tuberous Begonia in your home

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

Tuberous 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 Tuberous Begonia in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Tuberous Begonia

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Tuberous 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!

Benefits of Growing Tuberous Begonia →

Common Tuberous Begonia Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Tuberous Begonia prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Tuberous Begonia Water Frequency →

Tuberous Begonia Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Tuberous Begonia may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Tuberous Begonia Light Requirements →

Tuberous Begonia Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Tuberous Begonia is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


💨 Humidity

Tuberous Begonia doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Tuberous Begonia Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Tuberous Begonia does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Tuberous Begonia →

When and How to Successfully Repot Tuberous Begonia →


💩 Fertilizer

Tuberous Begonia should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


❄️ Dormancy

Tuberous Begonia does not have a typical pattern of dormancy. If you notice their growth slowing down substantially, double check that they are getting enough sunlight and water to thrive!


🌎 Native Region

Tuberous Begonia is native to Tropics and Subtropics worldwide.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Tuberous Begonia bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Tuberous Begonia Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Tuberous Begonia has long, trailing foliage which makes them a great addition to a hanging planter. The newest growth will emerge from the tip of the stems.

How and When to Prune Tuberous Begonia →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Tuberous Begonia can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Tuberous Begonia Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Tuberous Begonia can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Tuberous Begonia, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Tuberous Begonia

Tuberous Begonia

Tuberous 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

Tuberous Begonia has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 11
Tuberous Begonia has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 11
Tuberous Begonia has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 6
Tuberous Begonia has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 6
Tuberous Begonia has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 6
Tuberous Begonia has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Tuberous Begonia has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
@r0ry avatar
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 134 XP
03/03/2022

Super cute plant but can be temperamental with too much sun or too little water

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 1,354 XP
01/20/2022

Its beautiful and did well in the shade of my tree during the summer. I brought it in to live on my dining room table for the winter

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Khadija avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 143 XP
globe Columbia, SC
07/31/2021

Hate this plant 🤦🏽‍♀️.. it was a gift🙄

Browns easily Browns easily
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@Capejettymum
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 918 XP
06/22/2021

Beautiful blooms and I even was able to keep it alive all winter! Now it’s growing great and ready to bloom more.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
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leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 349 XP
05/15/2021

I bought this bc how beautiful it was and worried it was dying a week after i bought it. turns out the flowers j replace themselves rlly fast! i’ve loved getting to see the colors change and the plant grow. it’s my one and only flowering plant and i totally recommend to ppl as their first flowering plant for those who usually j like plants for their leaves.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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leaf-1 2 Plants
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globe Tula, Tulskaya oblast'
04/11/2021

looks beautiful and absolutely stunning❣️

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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