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Begonia Care

Begonia Varieties & Care

August 06, 2022

Alocasia is a genus of rhizomatous or tuberous, broad-leaved, perennial, flowering plants from the family Araceae. There are about 90 accepted species native to tropical and subtropical Asia and eastern Australia. Around the world, many growers widely cultivate a range of hybrids and cultivars as ornamentals.

Watering: Check weekly, water if top 25% of soil is dry. Begonia do not tolerate drying out.
Light Requirements: Medium to bright indirect sunlight.
Humidity Needs: High, over 75%. Some varieties will prefer even higher.
Soil Preference: 
A well-draining, high in organic matter potting mix is ideal.
Use a balanced fertilizer once a month in spring and summer. Cease feeding in winter months. 
Pot up 2" in Spring or Summer when roots begin to emerge from drainage holes. Can wait a bit longer as begonia enjoy being somewhat rootbound.
Pet Safe: No - Begonias consist of soluble calcium oxalate, which, when ingested, causes vomiting, drooling, and diarrhea and even cause fatal diseases like kidney failure.
Common Issues: 
Crisping due to lack of humidity is a common issue, a pebble tray nearby or underneath can be helpful. Misting of begonia can lead to fungus issues. Also keep an eye out for common plant pests that love higher humidity levels.

Begonia Varieties

*Not intended to be a comprehensive list of varieties

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