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Strawberry Begonia

Strawberry Begonia

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Strawberry begonias are eye-catching plants native to Asia. As they mature, the plants send out long, thin runners that end in clusters of rounded leaves. When grown indoors and allowed to hang over a sill or edge, they form a very interesting display of hairy, red-hued leaves. You can even let the leaf runners scatter on the floor, similar to the outdoor gardeners who use them as ground cover. They will happily form a clump of plantlets at the base of the container. Over time, as the runners multiply and begin to look a little cluttered, you can easily take cuttings to start new plants and give them to your friends or use them to start new plants.

Strawberry begonias can be planted and cared for indoors during any time of the year and will grow rapidly, allowing you to enjoy their beautiful foliage quite quickly. With the right conditions, the plant may even bloom in the spring, but their flowers are rather inconsequential.

Strawberry begonia plants are very easy to grow and care for, making them rewarding for amateur houseplant parents. They dislike too much humidity and warmth, which can encourage fungal problems, and are susceptible to root rot if they are watered too heavily. They are also more cold tolerant than people often assume and are able to withstand temperatures down to 45 degrees Fahrenheit and still recover. For best results, it's important to faithfully repot your plant every spring as they also don't like being pot-bound and will not grow to look their best. Keep in mind, growth may stall or even stop during the wintertime.

Light: Strawberry begonia plants prefer bright—but not direct—sunlight. Typically, an east- or west-facing window is perfect. Be careful of letting your plant get any direct rays of sunlight—they can burn the plant and put holes in its leaves.

Watering: These plants are fast growers and like a lot of water during their growing season. As with other hairy-leaved plants, avoid getting water on your strawberry begonia's leaves to reduce the risk of fungal diseases. Water your plant once the top two or three inches of the soil have dried out, and saturate the plant until water runs from the drainage holes in the base. During winter, reduce your watering cadence, but don't let your plant dry out completely.

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