Begonia Rex - cultorum Group, also known as Painted Leaf Begonia, is a stunning genus of rhizomatous cultivars grown for their multicolored foliage. These flowers originate from the Himalayan Begonia rex and some related Asian species. It forms a small, yet beautiful shrub, reaching 2-5ft (60-150cm) in height.
This species of Begonia prefers partial shade or semi-shade, and needs regular watering during active growth. It is recommended to plant Begonia Rex in a pot with drainage holes in cold regions, rather than in a garden.
The foliage of Begonia C. Rex is particularly eye-catching, having silvery, pearly hues and a leathery texture. Its colors range from off-white and pink to bronze and purple and create a stunning addition to any type of garden. For optimal growth and appearance, Begonia Rex requires a well-draining soil mix, as well as watering and light fertilizing with balanced liquid fertilizer.
This attractive Begonia can thrive in USDA Zones 9-11 as long as it is planted in a suitable soil mix in a semi-shaded spot. In order to prevent it from drying out, it is recommended to provide mulching with organic material such as aged bark or composted leaves. When it comes to maintenance, it is possible to keep it in a good shape with careful pruning; however, be careful not to over-prune in winter months as Begonia C. Rex is very prone to root rot.
With correct maintenance and pruning, Begonia Rex cultorum Group will reward you with its lush foliage and divine beauty.