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Begonia rex 'Kotobuki' 100mm Pot

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Welcome to Plant&Leaf and our range of family grown plants. The first photo serves as a representative display, showcasing the beauty of a mature plant. The second photo provides a sample of a single plant from the current batch available. Please note the Pot size displayed on the heading of each product.

All of our plants are grown outdoors in nature and are exposed to the natural elements. Sometimes this means a leaf could have been chewed here and there or have a blemish or two – but we do our best to send the best plants we can on every order.

Growing begonias can be a delightful experience, as these plants offer a wide range of colours and forms, from vibrant blooms to striking foliage. Here's a guide to help you successfully grow begonias:

  1. Light: Begonias generally prefer bright, indirect light. However, some types, such as rex begonias, may prefer more shade. Place your begonia where it can receive plenty of bright, filtered light, but avoid direct sunlight, especially during the hottest parts of the day.

  2. Temperature: Begonias thrive in moderate temperatures ranging from 18°C to 24°C. They are sensitive to cold drafts and temperature fluctuations, so protect them from sudden drops in temperature.

  3. Watering: Keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. Water your begonia when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Water at the base of the plant to avoid wetting the foliage, which can lead to fungal diseases. Reduce watering frequency during the winter months when growth slows down.

  4. Humidity: Begonias appreciate moderate to high humidity levels. If the air in your home is dry, consider using a humidifier or placing a tray filled with water and pebbles beneath the pot to increase humidity around the plant.

  5. Soil: Plant your begonia in well-draining, fertile soil. A mixture of potting soil, perlite, and peat moss works well. Ensure the pot has drainage holes at the bottom to prevent waterlogging.

  6. Fertilizing: Feed your begonia with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Reduce or cease fertilization during the winter months when growth slows down.

  7. Potting: Repot your begonia as needed, typically every 1-2 years or when it outgrows its current pot. Choose a pot that is slightly larger than the current one, and use fresh potting mix.

  8. Pruning: Remove any dead or yellowing leaves and spent flowers to encourage new growth and maintain the plant's appearance. Pinch back leggy stems to promote bushier growth.

  9. Pests and Diseases: Keep an eye out for common pests such as aphids, spider mites, and mealybugs. Inspect your begonia regularly, and treat any pest infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Avoid overhead watering to prevent fungal diseases.