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Rex Begonia

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Also known as Painted-Leaf Begonias or Fancy-Leaf Begonias, the Rex Begonia displays exotic foliage and has moderate care needs compared to other members of the Begonia family, tolerating low light and needing only average humidity. Since these plants are all scientifically created hybrids, leaves come in all kinds of colors and sizes. This makes them super fun to collect since there are countless varieties and therefore endless plant hunting opportunities!! However this does make these plants difficult if not impossible to specifically identify, so we have them all listed here- be sure to check the photos and drop down menu for all the varieties currently available!

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Begonia Rex-Cultorum
  • Pronunciation: beh-GO-nee-ah
  • Common Name(s): Rex Begonia
  • Family: Begoniaceae
  • Native Range: Northern India

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care Level: Moderate
  • Light: Prefers low light
  • Water: Water only when the soil is completely dry. Avoid over watering
  • Humidity: Moderate to high
  • Temperature: Above 58F
  • Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves
  • Feeding: Every four to six weeks during spring and summer
  • Propagation: Leaf cuttings
  • Growth: Small and bushy
  • Pests: Look out for aphids, mites and mealybugs
  • Toxicity: Toxic to humans and pets