Begonias are one of the largest families of plants. With over 1600 kinds of Begonia there is literally a Begonia for everyone! These plants are grown as bedding plants outside in summer, as well as potted indoor tropicals. Painted leaf begonias are more known for their leaves than their flowers but are equally as stunning as their big flowering counterparts.

  • Toxic to pets and children
  • Repot once every 2 years
  • Fertilize once a month
  • Partial light or shade
  • Average water

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About the Begonia


Begonias originated in Brazil but are also found in regions like Mexico and China. There's a wide variety, with distinctions between those in South America and those in Asia, all boasting stunning appearances!

Air Purification

Begonias, while adding natural charm to your space, aren't the best air purifiers. If air purification is a top priority, you might want to consider other plant options known for their exceptional air-cleaning abilities.


Begonias are toxic to pets. Seek help of a vet when your pet has ingested any leaves or stems.

Caring for a Begonia


Begonias prefer consistently moist soil but be cautious not to overwater. Overwatering can lead to root rot, which may harm your lovely Begonia. Strike a balance to keep it thriving!

Light and Placement

Begonia's are not a fan of the sun. They will be better in low light conditions. Full shade or partial shade works best to avoid crispy leaves.


When applying fertilizer make sure to dilate the fertilizer with 3 parts of water to 1 part of fertilizer. A 10-10-10 fertilizer works best for Begonias.

Pruning and Flowering

You can trim back any unruly leaves by snipping them at the stem. During winter, some Begonias are pruned back entirely to better endure outdoor conditions. Alternatively, they can be brought indoors. Remember to use clean shears when pruning to prevent any post-cutting complications like rot.


Repotting of your Begonia can be done once every two years and make sure never to repot into a pot that is more than 20% larger than the previous pot. Begonia's prefer a studio apartment over a villa.

Begonia SOS


Begonias are susceptible to root and stem rot if overwatered, so use a 'less is more' approach when watering while still keeping the soil moist. Keep an eye out for aphids, as they are attracted to Begonias, especially in drafty areas.

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