Care of a Beefsteak Begonia


Beefsteak begonia (Begonia erythrophylla ) was discovered in the 1600s by French botanist, Charles Plumier, the man who also discovered the fuchsia. Beefsteak bears flat, water-lilylike foliage with red undersides. Furry stems and pink flowers round out beefsteak's ornamental offerings. Growing from 2 to 7 inches tall, beefsteak begonia will fill those small, empty spaces in the home.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting soil
  • Vermiculite
  • Peat moss
  • Fertilizer
  • Grow the beefsteak begonia in a potting mix consisting of equal parts of potting soil, vermiculite and peat moss.

  • Keep the beefsteak begonia in an area that receives indirect sunlight or bright shade and remains above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Water the begonia at the soil with room-temperature water. Give it enough water so that it drains from the bottom of the pot. Allow the soil to dry out almost completely before watering again. If the foliage begins to wilt, water the plant. Beefsteak is susceptible to root rot so it is important not to overwater.

  • Fertilize the beefsteak begonia with regular houseplant fertilizer. Dilute the fertilizer to one-fourth the strength listed on the label and apply it once a month, March to October.

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