Welcome to our guide to the Begonia Pavonina, covering all you need to know about care and propagation…
Begonia Pavonina Care Summary
|Light needs:||Medium to bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check soil weekly, water if top 60% or more is dry.|
|Fertilizer:||A balanced feed every 2 or 3 weeks in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A mix of 75% potting compost and 25% perlite.|
|Temperature:||16°C to 30°C (61-86°F).|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Other names:||Peacock begonia.|
|Common issues:||Leaf burn from too much sun, irregular watering.|
The Begonia Pavonina aka the Peacock Begonia is known for the metallic-blue glimmering hue to its leaves.
Give the medium to bright indirect sunlight, no direct.
How Often To Water Begonia Pavonina
Check the soil each week and water it when most of the soil dry, like the top 60% or so is dry. You do not want to water log them, but at the same time they like to be kept moist and not dry out.
A balanced fertilizer is ideal, feed them every 2 or 3 weeks in the spring and summer, but make sure it is really well diluted more so than on the packet as they can get fertilizer burn on their leaves.
They do well in a good potting compost with some added perlite to aid drainage. A mix of 75% potting compost and 25% perlite works well.
When to Repot Begonia Pavonina
They grow quickly and may need repotting regularly. Check them at Easter time and pot them up a size if the roots are getting crowded.
60% and above is ideal, they love a humid environment.
Aim for 18°C-24°C (65-75°F) for most days but keep them above 5°C (41°F) at night or they can get cold damage.
How to Propagate Begonia Pavonina
Take stem cuttings with a couple of leaves and a node, let the wound heal for a day and then put them in water to root. Once rooted, ot them up into soil.
Is Begonia Pavonina Toxic?
They are toxic to cats and dogs if eaten, seek vets advice immediately.
Where To Buy
Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
FAQs and Common Problems
They can get leaf burn from too much sun, and get problems from over or under watering, so maintain a regular watering schedule, but do not water them unless they need it.
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