Easy Indoor Plants: Beguiling Begonias

Do you miss your beautiful plants and flowers once winter approaches? Why not try growing a begonia indoors that will lift your spirits and help purify the air. I currently grow three begonias in my dining room. These are not the normal bedding plants you buy at the nursery. They are more tropical and grown for their “fancy leaves.”

Learn about a couple of great Begonias that are easy to grow indoors. ~ gardenmatter.com

Rex Begonia

My Rex begonia is a couple of years old and has grown quite large. I may need to re-pot it come this spring. It does bloom, but the flowers are small and insignificant compared to the beautiful leaves.

Learn about a couple of great Begonias that are easy to grow indoors. ~ gardenmatter.com

Begonia Phoe’s Cleo

Another beauty is Phoe’s Cleo. This one is a rhizomatous begonia which means it grows from rhizomes. Rhizomatous begonias are also known for their attractive leaves but they are also said to have a showy flower bloom in the spring. I haven’t had this one for long so I’m anxious to see it bloom. In the meantime check out this beautiful foliage.

Learn about a couple of great Begonias that are easy to grow indoors. ~ gardenmatter.com

 

Begonia Grandis aka Hardy Begonia

While the first two begonia’s are tropical and cannot be grown outside in most of the country, this last one is a hardy begonia that grows well in my garden. I like to dig up a small patch and pot it up to bring inside. This is begonia grandis and it has pretty heart-shaped leaves with red veining and cute pink flowers. Read more about begonia grandis here.

Begonia Grandis in fall

 

All three of these begonia require indirect light and medium water. I usually water them thoroughly once a week with a little fertilizer for indoor plants and they look great. So, what do you think? Will you add it to your wish list?

You may be able to find a fancy leaf begonia at your local supermarket or big box store, but if not here are a few online sources:

The Violet Barn
Logees
Kartuz Greenhouses

 

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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