My begonia wightii arrived in the mail with just a root ball for Mother's Day (so about a month ago.) My husband put it in a pot with regular potting soil. My mother in law helped him and she does some gardening so i figured it was probably potted correctly. (I myself am a beginner.) Anyway i have some concerns the pot is too large but what i am really writing about is the fact that whenever i water the plant, the soil takes a VERY long time to absorb the water. None of my other plants take that long, so I'm not sure if it's normal but it doesn't seem right. The water lays on top of the soil for a while before even staring to seep in at all and then takes a long time to do so. And i err on the side of caution, waiting until soil is DEFINITELY dry before watering and this still happens!
There's some new growth on the begonia that's been there all along and doesn't seem to be progressing much. Not sure if that's indicative of an issue or if this plant is just a slow grower. Other than that there's not really any indicators that the plant is suffering. There's a few imperfections on some leaves but that's about it.
Im worried the soil isn't good and roots will rot (soil has been wet for days now and i worry it's not drying properly or something.)
Does this sound like something is wrong? Any tips on how to water properly and/or ideas why the soil wouldn't be absorbing water?
Thanks in advance friends!