House Plant Mystery

Growing Year-Round via Houseplants

I spent most of the evening at home improvement stores browsing  for tile, stone, and collecting  paint samples for the ‘sun room’ we recently added on to our home.   After all the design inquiries and help I’ve been receiving from my garden friends I have decided to call this a ‘garden’ room.  I will share some of the designs in this room upon completion because it is coming together as a wonderful space to grow plants in year-round.    While at the home improvement shops I couldn’t help but stop at the garden center displays.    This was the first plant I picked up and ‘tweeted’ out via my phone asking my garden friends  if they knew what this mystery flower maybe.

I got a response back from@vargasgirlred  @containergarden and @tootsie_time  .  Read their comments here : Twitter search.

Rex Begonia ?

The color in this house plant is perfect for my bathroom which receives low light.   The foliage surely fits the discription of showy leaves which are large and have a variety of colour  combination.   The red leaf steams are brittle and the leaves can damage easily.  I can tell by a few of the brittle branches that this fits the description I found in a google search.  One of the descriptions on the image I found in this search says ‘Begonia rex enjoys a position with good light, but not in direct sun or deep shade.’  The description always noted: these are excellent for shallow containers and I also read that this begonia does not produce flowers but the leaves will truly brighten your room.   It also says that this plant enjoys a dilute fertilizer at least once a week.  On that note I’m going to submit this as my Fertilize Friday share for this week.

What do you think about this house plant?  Is it a REX BEGONIA and have you ever grown this before?   I am wondering how this will do in the house with low light.   If it doesn’t like it I can always take it out to the greenhouse.

Article by Bren

I'm Bren, a everyday gardener who loves to connect with others. I've been growing in my 10'x12' home greenhouse in Ohio since 2008. I decided to create to help others who enjoy growing year-round just like me!
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  1. yep! it is definitely a Rex! I had that exact plant years ago! Good for you girl!!! enjoy…I bet you could do leaf cuttings and get yourself a couple more!

  2. That’s a Rex Begonia for sure Bren. Place it in an area that has a decent amount of indirect light. No direct sun as it will burn. You’re right; the leaves are brittle too. Water at the base as needed. Just keep it moist and avoid the foliage which creates an enviroment for fungus. These guys always put on a show with their colorful foliage. They’re a great conversation piece 🙂

  3. Bernie says:

    Yes definitely a Rex Begonia. I have quite a few of these, but they are perennials here. These plants love humidity so it might be a good idea of have the pot on a try of gravel or small pebbles. They hate being over-watered, so water when the soil is dry to the touch. Too much water and too much fertiliser will kill off Rex Begonias. They don’t like being in a draft either … they originally came from the forest floors of India so that give an indication of the conditions they prefer.

  4. Cindy Bellwood says:

    I’ll agree on the Rex Begonia.

  5. Ena Ronayne says:

    a handsome plant, easily propogated from leaf cuttings. Watch the watering and try to water from bottom as leaves are too soft and will get damaged if watered from top. Enjoy…

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