The beefsteak begonia - Begonia x erythrophylla - is one of the first hybrid begonias, produced in Germany in 1845. It is loved for its green-to-red-looking leaves, its flowers in winter and its trailing habit, with its creeping rhizomes that often overflow the pot.
20 - 30
6.3 - 6.7
Plant my beefsteak begonia
Place your plant a slightly sunny indoor location, or semi shade. Be careful, the scorching sun might damage the leaves.
Plant in a pot whose volume corresponds to the foliage volume of your plant, or even bigger. Spread a layer of pebbles or clay balls at the bottom.
Half fill the pot with potting soil, place your plant, then place the potting soil on the edges, packing well. Once the container is full, sprinkle gently, let the water run out, then empty the cup.
Water my beefsteak begonia
In summer, water once or twice a week, if possible with soft water. In winter, keep the substrate slightly moist, watering two to three times a month.
Repot my beefsteak begonia
Repot your begonia after two years in a larger container. Scrape the outside of the clod, then transplant in a mixture of fibrous compost or potting soil with some loam. Water.
Put outside my beefsteak begonia
Your begonia will be very happy outside on sunny days!
Acclimate it little by little in the sun.
Shelter my beefsteak begonia
Put your begonia back inside - it is frost-sensitive! Remove any fruit loaded with seeds, damaged leaves, and put the pot behind a bay window not necessarily too sunny - the sun in the morning is enough. After a few weeks of acclimatization during which you water very moderately, it should start growing again and even bloom.