Begonia rex ‘Escargot Black Jungle’

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Scientific Name
Begonia Rex (King Begonia)

Common Name
Rex Begonia, King Begonia, Painted Leaf Begonia, Fancy-Leaf Begonia

Begonia rex is usually native to South and Central America, though some Begonia species and varieties originate from Africa and Southern Asia too!

Begonia rex are known for their stunning leaves and standout foliage! This variety features matt, dark almost black leaves with bright red glittery undersides. Begonias don't like getting their leaves wet, so when you water, go directly into the soil or bottom-water. Keep this plant happy with some humidity, indirect light and a warm spot and it will reward you with stunning foliage sure to grab attention on your sideboard, shelf or window ledge.

Thrives in bright, indirect light, but will tolerate some shade. A North- or Northeast-facing window is a good bet here!

Keep the soil moist, but ensure good drainage and don't allow to sit in water. Water when the top inch of soil is dry, and reduce watering in winter. Don't water onto the leaves.

Begonias like humidity; average indoor humidity is fine as long as they aren't too close to a radiator which will dry them out! They will love a bright kitchen or bathroom.

A well-draining mix with added sand and coir, such as a blend designed for ferns, will work well here. Repot every three years or once the plant and roots are crowding the pot.

Feed every four waters in the growing season, reduce to every six in autumn and winter.

Ideal temperature range of 15-26°C; don't let it drop below 12°C in winter.

No, this plant is toxic to pets and small humans.

Sprouts Top Tips
Water directly into the soil or bottom-water by placing the plant into a tray of water for about ten minutes to let it drink its fill - these Begonias don't like getting their leaves wet.



Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Beautiful plant and very nice seller

Beautiful plant and very nice seller

Leanne B.
Bank Holiday Postage

I made a mistake in ordering just before the Easter bank holiday meaning it was posted then too. Consequently it was stuck in the post for a few days before it got to me. Sadly, the begonia didn't arrive in good condition because of this. I removed the dead bits and it's perked up since.
I have ordered online before and not had any issues so it's not put me off, I won't order before a bank holiday again though.

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