Red Rex Begonia Care
The vast majority of begonias offered in the trade are hybrids and thus cannot be accurately propagated from seed.
Red rex begonia care. Begonia rex boston cherries chocolate. Every three months apply a controlled release fertilizer. Begonia rex red tango mixes well with other shade and humidity loving plants such as asparagus ferns and geraniums. Gently remove the rex begonia from its nursery pot handling the root system with care and place in the middle of the new container.
Red and silver spots appear on dark leaves. The easiest way of propagating new rex begonias is with whole leaf cuttings struck in a mixture of moist peat moss and perlite. Department of agriculture plant hardiness zones 8a and cooler begonias are grown as annual flowers filling space between perennials or adding life to decks and patios in pots. Another option is to use a complete fertilizer 23 19 14 is a good balance in the spring every two weeks at 1 4 strength.
They require a bit more care than your average houseplant but the variegated colorful leaves add a bit of life to any indoor environment. Fill the remainder of the container with the potting mix carefully firming it up around the begonia and being sure not to plant any deeper than it was growing in its nursery pot. Spiraling markings and the way the leaves circle inward make each leaf look like a snail. Silvery leaves have good disease resistance.
Rex to choose among usually classified by leaf size small three inches or less medium three to six inches or large more than six inches. Rex begonias are grown specifically for their attractive foliage and are almost exclusively indoor container plants. Wing shaped silver leaves are etched with purple. A begonia rex plant also called a painted leaf begonia a fancy leaf begonia or king begonia is a colorful perennial flowering plant that originally came from india.
Begonia rex snow queen. Rhizomatous begonias such as the rex begonia can be easily propagated by rhizome division during repotting while almost all begonia species will readily sprout from leaf tip cuttings a rooting hormone can help the cuttings sprout. Two other ways of propagating multiple new begonia rex plants from a single leaf are by methods called wedge cuttings and split vein propagation. Begonia leaves come in a variety of shapes sizes color combinations and patterns.
There are hundreds of cultivars of b. Their main quibble with modern homes is dry air booman tells me causing brown. It is grown for its large colorful leaves rather than its small pink flowers.