[rex] Large whorled leaves in chocolate, champagne, silver and pewter tones. Needs high humidity and very even temperatures so that a large terrarium would make the perfect home. Sold with PPAF tag. A highly promoted "rex" type which, while stunningly beautiful, constitutes a considerable challenge to growers not familiar with the "rex" tribe's demand for constant adequate humidity, perfect drainage in very fibrous mixes, and bright indirect lighting; as with most of this tribe, a mid summer and a mid winter "rest" is typical behavior with potential radical loss of foliage, soon replaced with a new flush of growth within a month or so. We emphatically do not recommend this challenging (though fabulously beautiful) Begonia as the first Begonia you have ever tried to grow!
|Cultural Code||TGH TERR|
Some of you grow only indoors, some only in terrariums; many of you have hobby greenhouses; while a growing number of customers live in subtropical or tropical areas of the world. These brief codes are an attempt to suggest whether or not a particular plant will do well in your particular conditions.
If an entry has the cluster HP CGH, this means normal house plant culture will be successful if the plant is given a cool CGH moist location; however if the entry has the cluster CGH HP, you would interpret this to suggest that while Cool Greenhouse conditions are needed for total success with this plant, House Plant conditions will be adequate, while not ideal. If the cluster is HH CGH you would interpret this to mean that while in Zone 8 or below this will be winter hardy outdoor, further north it will need considerable mulch, a cold frame, or a Cool Greenhouse to thrive. And so on.×