How do I care for my Begonia Rex?

Begonia Rex or Painted Leaf Plant

Native habitat
Tropical and subtropical climates, originally from the forests of Northern India.

Light and position in the home
Bright, indirect sunlight, but no direct sun.

Flowers and foliage
Painted Leaf Begonia, aka Begonia Rex, is a primarily grown for its foliage. The varieties we have got our paws on include a range of colours from red, to lime green, to black. You may see small flowers, but they are relatively inconsequential. The leaves are the star attraction here. If you do see flowers appearing, the best thing to do is actually remove the buds, so that the plant will focus all of its energy on producing beautiful, coloured leaves.
Temperature Begonias like warm temperatures and hate big changes in temperature, which can lead to leaf damage.

Watering
Allow the top 50% of the soil to dry before watering. Begonias hate overwatering, so go easy.

Did you know?
There are many, many different types of Begonias, some of which you will also see outside in the UK in the summer. Some of these are grown for foliage, others for their flowers.

BE AWARE
Begonia Rex is known to be highly toxic to cats, dogs and pets, so please keep this plant FAR away from your furry friends.