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Name: J
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JHermanRussell
May 20, 2020 2:54 PM CST
Hello all...new member and Begonia owner.
I received a sad looking Begonia Maculata from an online source. On arrival the entire thing drooped and every single leaf appears to have creases, holes, and spots of damage. I have of course researched and applied the proper care with watering, lighting, and humidity levels since receiving it. The leaves and stems have perked back up and there is new growth but I am concerned with the amount of brown I am seeing. Hoping to find out if what I am looking at is in fact physical damage or a fungal disease that I need to remedy. And if so, should I remove all of the damaged leaves or let it go and just treat with fungicide?
Thanks for any input you can offer.
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oneeyeluke
May 21, 2020 2:41 AM CST
Its physical damage and I would leave the leaves until they brown completely before removing them. The most important thing to remember with a Begonia Maculata is that with their herbaceous stems being so tender, they can be damaged easily from over watering or keeping the soil too wet. However I think you are doing a very good job bringing your Begonia back to good health. You are doing a super job.
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
May 21, 2020 5:53 AM CST

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Does your beautiful pot have drainage holes?
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Name: J
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JHermanRussell
May 21, 2020 11:03 AM CST
Calif_Sue said:Does your beautiful pot have drainage holes?
No but I am very cautious not to water until it begins to show signs that leaves have sagged a bit and it feels dry 2" down. Right now the roots only reach halfway down so they stay out of the saturation zone.


Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
May 21, 2020 12:25 PM CST

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It would have been better to have it in a plastic pot set inside the ceramic planter. Long term that will be a problem and become an issue that will manifest itself in the leaves, a shame as that's what's so beautiful about them. Most of mine are outside on the front porch or back patio and are in minimum one gallon pots.
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Name: J
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JHermanRussell
May 21, 2020 12:30 PM CST
I bought the pot specifically for this plant, sadly when it arrived it was the tiniest bit too small (by 3mm) to fit the grow pot inside. So it is only a temporary home until it recovers enough. I don't want to risk putting it in further shock by repotting it again so soon. So I will hunt down a better pot in the meantime. Thanks for the advice!
Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
May 21, 2020 12:37 PM CST

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Sounds like a good plan and yes, don't want to further distress that poor plant!
Looks like it wasn't properly packed? I've ordered begonias in the past from online vendors that specialized in them and they were packed with great care and arrived looking great, a shame so many leaves were so damaged.
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Name: J
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JHermanRussell
May 21, 2020 1:11 PM CST
Sadly it wasn't packed well. It arrived with two other smaller plants that I had ordered. None of which were taped down to the box and no packing materials to keep them from moving. Dirt everywhere! I had ordered from them before and received happy established plants in the past so I trusted them again. Never again! I have found another vendor that is much more reliable, affordable, and knows how to pack!

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