Post last updated: October 10th, 2018
This is one of the plants I purchased in a nursery in Atlanta when visiting my sister. It has no better identification than “Rex Begonia” which is totally inept, in my humble opinion. Look up Rex Begonia on Google Images and you will find countless dozens of fancy begonias. This one looks like an anemic version of ‘Fireworks’ that might color up this spring when I am able to put it outside in more light. Then again, it might be ‘Dewdrop.’ I hate when florists and nurseries don’t properly identify the plants they sell. The word “Assorted” on the back of the tag is lazy. Just plain lazy.
The bad thing about looking up Rex Begonias on Google Images was recognizing many I have owned in the past that succumbed to who-knows-what. Not to mention my heart leaping in lust at others that I simply must acquire someday. The internet is not always a good thing when it reaches for my wallet.
What has surprised me about Rex is the amount of growth. In just a little over three months that Rex has been in my possession, it has doubled in size. The plant remains in its original four inch plastic pot, gets only medium amounts of light, at best, from its perch on my living room coffee table. I do try to make sure the blinds are open for at least 8 hours. I also water it every few days because it is planted in some sort of medium that dries out quickly. I have given it no fertilizer.
The photo above was taken today. The plant needs to have a few dog-eared leaves removed but I wasn’t going to do that before showing you how much it has grown. From left to right, it measures ten inches.
The American Begonia Society has a long list of identifying photos on their website but you have to click on each individual begonia. They should really rethink that but, alas, they did not seek my opinion.