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from the Logee's growers

How to Grow Rex Begonias


Joy Logee Martin always grew her Rexes in an east bay window and would only water them when they cried for water.


Growing Tips

• Place in good light; some direct sunlight is needed.

• Accurate watering – Bring plant to a slight wilt between waterings.

• Moderate fertilizer once a month.

• Stop fertilizer in the winter. 

• Keep humidity above 50%. 

• Keep night temperatures above 60-65ºF.

• Growth cycle slows and stops for 2-3 months in the winter.  Plants can lose some leaves during this resting period. This is normal.  Continue normal watering.

• Use terra cotta or clay pots.

• Keep an eye out for mildew to which Rexes have some susceptibility. 


Treating Mildew

• Identify - Appears as a white powder on the surface of the leaves, usually at the change of seasons.

• Treatment - Apply a baking soda solution -1Tbl/quart with a dribble of dishwashing detergent. 

• Application - Spray at first signs and reapply every other day for 4-5 applications.

• Prevention - Spray once every 3 months. 

**Pure Neem Oil is effective on mildew


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