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'Rex Begonia' is a plant in the Begonia genus with a scientific name of Begonia rex.

Begonia Rex is grown for its exotic foliage. It has thick, fleshy, slightly hairy, heart shaped leaves, with patterns of pink and shades of red and green, with a dark reddish brown underside.
It does produce flowers but these are small and pink and secondary to the beautiful leaves
This plant is NOT toxic to dogs and cats.1

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Coral pink. When mature, blooms are roughly 1.5 cm (that's 0.58 inches in imperial) in diameter. The mature flowers take a single form, with an approximate petal count of 4. Leaves appear approximately as a   Forest green (traditional) and   Dark red

It is a flowering non-edible ornamental / houseplant that typically grows as a semi-evergreen, which is defined as a plant that is evergreen in mild areas but otherwise deciduous.

Rex Begonia normally grows to a forb habit with a max height of 11.7 inches (that's 30.0 cm metric).

Popular varieties of Rex Begonia with home gardeners are Escargot, Maui Mist, Inca night, Fireworks and Marmaduke.

Rex Begonia is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Rex Begonia have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Rex Begonia

  • Fluorescent

  • Indoor

  • Medium

Can use African violet potting mix. Enjoys a humidity tray or can be kept in a terrarium to keep the humidity up.
While you plant is growing well, it is a good idea to make some new plants from one of the healthy leaves. Begonias can be made from leaf cuttings, cut the leaf in several places across the veins and place pretty side up in a tray of a mixture of compost and sand or vermiculite. Make sure there is contact between the leaf and the compost, by placing small stones on the leaf. Cover the tray with a plastic bag and keep warm at about 20C. Baby plants form at the cuts. It is also possible to cut the leaves in strips, across the leaf and veins and press end on into the compost.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys artificial lighting / indoor lighting and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Rex Begonia is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

See our list of companion Plants for Rex Begonia to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Rex Begonia from seed

Can be grown from seed but easier from division of a mature plant or leaf cuttings onto moist compost

Transplanting Rex Begonia

Begonia rex is generally grown as an indoor pot plant. Pot up using a peaty mix when the roots are seen at the bas of the old pot

Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around 12°C / 54°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Rex Begonia is a tender plant.

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Rex Begonia Folklore & Trivia

Native of Southeastern Asia.

Other names for Rex Begonia

Queen Alexandra Begonia, King Begonia, Painted-leaf. Begonia, Beefsteak geranium, Fan Plant,

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