Begonia Elatior
Plant Care,  Propagation,  Rare Houseplants

Begonia Elatior

Welcome to our guide to the Begonia Elatior, all you need to know to care and propagate this plant, including soil, water, light and humidity.

Begonia Elatior Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Keep moist but not soaking.
Fertilizer:A well diluted balanced feed every 2 or 3 weeks when they’re flowering.
Soil:Add perlite to normal potting compost.
Humidity:50%.
Temperature:18°C-24°C (65-75°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Begonia x Hiemalis, Rieger Begonia.
Common issues:Lack of humidity and over/underwatering.

Introduction

The Begonia Elatior aka the Begonia x hiemalis is known for its bright colored flowers.

See also: Begonia Amphioxus, Begonia Escargot, Care For Begonia Rex, Begonia Maculata.

Light Needs

Bright indirect sun is ideal. Some direct is ok too.

How Often To Water Begonia Elatior

They want to be kept moist but not soaking. So check the soil twice a week and water it if the top 25% of soil is dry. But avoid water logging by tipping out and excess water from the external pot after watering.

Fertilizer

They’ll be ok if you don’t feed them, but you can give the a well diluted balanced feed every 2 or 3 weeks when they’re flowering.

Soil

Add some perlite to a normal potting compost and you’ll be good to go!

When to Repot Begonia Elatior

They are ok to be a little root bound, but you can check their roots yearly at about easter time and pot them up a size if they are really crowded. Don’t worry about repotting a begonia too much, they grow fine with right roots.

Humidity

50% or more – they are tropical plants and like to be humid.

Temperature

Aim for 18°C-24°C (65-75°F) during the day and 10°C (50°F) at night.

How to Propagate Begonia Elatior

You can grow these begonia from cuttings, Take a stem cutting with some leaves on it and root it in soil, keeping it humid, warm and in indirect sunlight and it should root fairly quickly in a matter of weeks.

Other Names

Begonia x Hiemalis, Rieger Begonia

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

FAQs and Common Problems

Lack of humidity and over/underwatering are common issue. Also try not to let the leaves get really wet as they can get fungal issues.

Is Begonia Elatior Tuberous?

Yes they are tuberous plants.

Is Begonia Elatior Perennial?

The Begonia Elatior is a perennial plant.

Other Articles You Might Like

There you have it, here ends our guide to this beautiful plant. You might also like our other articles:

Begonia Amphioxus, Begonia Escargot, Care For Begonia Rex, Begonia Maculata.

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