Rex begonias are semi-tropical perennial plants native to Asia, usually grown as house plants. Typically grown for their beautiful leaf markings, most rex begonias have large leaves with intricate swirling patterns in a variety of colours including green, red, purple and silver. Because their leaf markings are so beautiful, rex begonia growers often remove the small, inconspicuous flowers when they appear, as they can detract from the foliage display.
Rex begonias make excellent presents and are easy to divide. What’s more, dividing rex begonias reinvigorates them and makes them grow better. So what are you waiting for? Follow our step-by-step guide to dividing rex begonias and create the perfect gift for friends and family, while ensuring the continued health of your own plant.
More advice on growing begonias:
You Will Need
- Begonia rex
- Multi-purpose, peat-free compost
- 7cm pots
- Scissors, snips or secateurs
Snip off flowers and older leaves first to give the division more energy for root growth. Allow fleshy cuts to dry for an hour before potting.
Divide the plant by prising the root ball apart from the top, being careful to keep buds on each section.
Po each piece into individual pots of new compost, making sure each portion of rootball is planted at the same depth it was originally. Water sparingly and allow to drain.