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How to Care for Rex Begonia

Rex Begonias, affectionately known as the “king” of begonias, are a spectacular variety known for their colourful, textured foliage. They make a captivating addition to any garden thanks to their vibrant, multicoloured leaves boasting unique patterns. These plants provide an interesting focal point in any outdoor space and are even suitable for indoor gardening. More than just their aesthetic allure, Rex Begonias are also known for their air-purifying properties, making them not only pleasing to the eye, but beneficial for your health.

Begonia Rex Kotobuki P10begkot - Garden Express Australia

Begonia Rex Kotobuki – Garden Express Australia

Growing Rex Begonias

Before you introduce a Rex Begonia to your garden or indoor plant collection, it’s crucial to understand their unique growing requirements. These plants originate from the tropical forests of India, so they thrive in similar conditions – mild temperatures, high humidity, and indirect light.

Rex Begonias prefer shady or semi-shady spots as their leaves, while visually stunning, are somewhat sensitive and can be damaged by direct sunlight. In terms of soil, they require a well-draining mix that is rich in organic matter. A balanced, slow-release fertiliser applied during the growing season will help promote the lush, vibrant foliage that these plants are known for.

When planting your Rex Begonia, be sure to choose an area protected from strong winds. The leaves of the Rex Begonia are delicate and can be damaged by harsh gusts. Additionally, it’s important that there is adequate room around your plant to avoid crowding. Proper air circulation is key to keeping your Rex Begonia healthy and reducing the risk of any fungal diseases.


Caring for Rex Begonia

Rex Begonias are not overly demanding, but they do require some special care to ensure they remain healthy and vibrant throughout the seasons. In the warmer months, it’s important to water the plant thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. However, in the cooler months, when the plant’s growth slows, you’ll need to reduce watering.

Rex Begonia thrive in slightly humid conditions, so consider using a pebble tray filled with water to increase the moisture level in its immediate environment. Be careful to avoid constantly wetting the leaves directly as this can lead to the development of fungal diseases.

While Rex Begonias are not heavy feeders, they do appreciate a little nutritional boost during their growing period. Feeding them with a balanced liquid fertiliser every two weeks during the growing season should do the trick. Pruning is also an important aspect of caring for Rex Begonias. Regularly remove old, damaged, or diseased leaves to promote new growth and maintain overall health.


Rex Begonia Varieties

There is a stunning array of Rex Begonia varieties available to the enthusiastic gardener, each offering unique leaf patterns and colours. Among the many varieties, some popular choices include:


Rex Begonia ‘Escargot’

This variety is named for the unique snail-like curl pattern at the base of its leaves, providing an intriguing visual appeal.


Begonia Escargot P68begesc - Garden Express Australia

Begonia Escargot – Garden Express Australia


Rex Begonia ‘Fireworks’

As its name suggests, this variety features striking silver leaves with sweeping purple and pink patterning, creating a spectacular display.

At Garden Express, we have a wide range of Rex Begonia varieties to choose from. Our experienced team of garden experts is more than happy to help you select the perfect variety for your space and provide advice on how best to care for your chosen plant. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a beginner, we can provide you with the guidance you need to create a stunning and vibrant indoor or outdoor space with Rex Begonias.


Begonia Fireworks P10begfir - Garden Express Australia

Begonia Fireworks – Garden Express Australia


Rex Begonias at Garden Express

Whether you are planning to create a tropical paradise in your backyard, or you want to add a splash of colour to your indoor space, Rex Begonias are a fantastic choice. Their breathtakingly beautiful foliage can turn any space into a visual masterpiece, and with the right care, these plants can reward you with their stunning display year after year.

If you’re ready to take the plunge and add a Rex Begonia to your garden or home, or if you simply want to learn more about these stunning plants, we’re here to help. We’re committed to helping garden enthusiasts of all levels enjoy the beauty and satisfaction that comes with gardening. Our team is on hand to answer your questions, provide advice, and guide you on your gardening journey. Get in touch with us today to explore our range of Rex Begonias on 1300 606 242 or fill out our online contact form.

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