Rex Begonia Hybrid "Escargot"
Rex Begonia Hybrid "Escargot" (Begonia rex hybrid 'Escargot') is a unique and visually stunning houseplant that features large, spiral-shaped leaves with silvery-white markings that resemble a snail shell. This plant is native to tropical regions of Asia and is known for its low-maintenance care requirements and ability to grow well indoors.
Light: Rex Begonia Hybrid "Escargot" prefers bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight can burn the leaves, so it's best to keep it away from windows or use a sheer curtain to filter the light. Low light conditions can also be tolerated but may result in slower growth.
Water: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water the plant when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch. Overwatering can cause root rot, so it's important to ensure proper drainage. Water the plant at the base to avoid getting water on the leaves, which can cause fungal diseases.
Humidity: This plant prefers high humidity levels. You can increase humidity around the plant by using a humidifier, placing a tray of water nearby, or grouping it with other plants. Avoid misting the leaves, as this can cause damage or fungal growth.
Temperature: Rex Begonia Hybrid "Escargot" prefers temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C) and does not tolerate extreme temperature changes well. Keep it away from drafty areas such as doors or windows, and avoid placing it near heating or cooling vents.
Fertilizer: Feed your Rex Begonia Hybrid "Escargot" with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer once a month during the growing season (spring and summer). Do not fertilize during the winter months when the plant is dormant. Over-fertilizing can cause damage to the leaves or lead to root burn, so it's important to follow the instructions on the fertilizer package.
Pruning: Prune your Rex Begonia Hybrid "Escargot" as needed to maintain its shape and size. Remove any yellow or brown leaves, and trim the tips if they become damaged. Pruning can also help to promote bushier growth.
Soil: Use a well-draining, porous soil mix with good aeration. The soil should be rich in organic matter, with a pH between 5.5-6.5. Avoid using heavy, clay-like soil that can retain water.
Repotting: Repot your Rex Begonia Hybrid "Escargot" every 2-3 years or when the plant outgrows its current container. Choose a pot that is 1-2 inches larger in diameter than the current one, with drainage holes. Be careful when handling the plant's delicate roots.
Pet-friendly or toxic to pets?
According to the ASPCA, Rex Begonia Hybrid "Escargot" is toxic to pets, including cats and dogs. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and drooling if ingested. Keep it out of reach of your pets or opt for pet-friendly plants.