Growing Rex Begonia Indoors: Keeping A Rex Begonia Plant Inside
The best way to grow a plant indoors is to keep it moist and give it plenty of light. If you are growing a new plant, then you need to provide water regularly. You can use a drip irrigation system or simply pour some water into the pot every day when watering. Watering your plants will ensure that they don’t wilt and die from lack of moisture.
You can also use a regular watering method with a watering can. Just make sure to not overdo it! Keep in mind that if you have too much rain, the leaves may start to rot and yellow. If you do get too much rain, then your plant could even go under so make sure to avoid flooding the area around the plant.
If you want to try to propagate your plant, then you’ll need to buy seeds. These can be purchased at any nursery. They usually come in small packets which contain several different kinds of seeds. You can choose what kind of seedlings you’d like from these packet and then germinate them yourself using soil and fertilizer. Seeds can take anywhere between two weeks up until six months before they produce their first set of leaves.
Once this has happened then you can actually separate these seedlings from their parent plant.
It is important to make sure that you separate the seedlings from their parent plant before they become to attached. This way they will be less likely to die from stress or shock when you transplant them into new pots. These plants can be grown as decorative plants or they can be used for food. Whatever you decide to do, just remember that they will need water every once in a while.
After some time, your begonia plant will begin to flower. During this time, you may have to cut back on watering so that it doesn’t rot. When the flowers die off, the leaves will start to shrivel up and fall off too. It is during this period that you will need to keep your plant alive with water so that it doesn’t die. In addition to watering, you may have to trim any dead or dying roots.
Cut back on watering your plant during the wintertime so that it doesn’t freeze or turn mushy. You will also have to keep it indoors during this period as well because the cold will likely kill it off if left out in the open.
Watering, trimming, repotting, and lighting are all important factors in taking care of your begonia plants. Once you master these skills, you’ll be able to keep your plants alive and thriving for a very long time!
Expert Tip: When growing begonias indoors or outdoors, make sure that you plant them in soil that has good drainage. If the soil doesn’t drain well then the roots may start to rot and your plant will die. If this happens then try to transplant it into new soil.
If you want more help with taking care of your begonias, you should seek out a begonia expert or community center in your area. They can tell you more about different types of begonias and how to take care of them.
In this guide you learned about the basics of rex begonia care. You also learned that there are other types of begonias in addition to the rex begonia. Finally, you were given information on how to take care of your plants as well as how to get more help if you need it.
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Effect of Water Quality on Ornamental Plants by DH Trinklein – Extension publications (MU), 2002 – mospace.umsystem.edu
Micropropagation and Genetic Fidelity of In Vitro Grown Plantlets of Begonia malabarica Lam. by HE Pearson – Journal (American Water Works Association), 1949 – JSTOR