Types of Begonia
- Rex begonia
- Wax begonia/ Semperflorens
Some mistakes to avoid
Growth and Care
- Droopy leaves: The leaves droop ever so slightly when the plant needs water. If it is completely wilted, it may not come back so be sure to keep an eye on them.
- Dry crisp edges: A sign of sunburn or low humidity (in tropical species). Some species require higher humidity due to their tropical nature. These are often harder to come by as they do not ship well. Most likely, it is due to too much sun. Move it to a slightly less exposed spot (not complete shade).
- Reddening leaves: Too much sun. Some purposefully stress the plants to get to see this lovely red hue. It does not harm the plant per se, but it will grow slightly slower when stressed.
- Dropping leaves: Potential root/watering problems. Old leaves will wither and drop off as new ones emerge. If the older leaves are dropping off and the newer leaves are wilted, it may be a sign of dehydration e.g. the plant had too much/little water. This can be down to dead roots or rot. If the media is dry, water and wait 24 hours to see if it perks up. If it is wet, try to propagate using a stem/leaf cutting.
- Soft or discoloured stems: Rot. The best course of action is to try to save a portion of the Begonia through propagation (stem/leaf cuttings). Begonia are extremely prone to rot, both bacterial and fungal. They should never sit in water at any point in time.
South African Begonia
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