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BelindaB
Jun 14, 2020 10:04 PM CST
Hi everyone,

I just got this begonia 3 days ago and it was doing very well, but suddenly started drooping earlier today. It was getting high humidity about 6 feet from a southwest facing window and was not over watered. It is in a well draining soil. Any guess on why it's drooping so badly? Also about these translucent spots? It's getting droopier and droopier by the hour and the leaves are very flimsy now.

It took me a long time to get this plant, and I've done a lot of research on it, so I hope it doesn't die on me already. Any advice would be much appreciated! Thanks so much.
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Jun 14, 2020 11:40 PM CST

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Did it come by mail? Was it potted or did you repot after you got it?
If it was shipped, it could now being showing the affects of that and/or it could be reacting to any changes from it's previous home since you got it; light, watering. And 6 feet from a window is rather far. I have my inside begonias right in front of an east facing window where they receive morning sun.
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BelindaB
Jun 15, 2020 12:24 PM CST
Hi Sue,

Thanks for your response! It was not shipped, it is in the original pot that I bought it in.

Update: this morning, I saw this. Is it rotting or needs more sunlight like you'd said? What is it? I got it with the stuff already on the main stem, but not the leaf stem.
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Jun 15, 2020 12:35 PM CST

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Not sure, maybe some kind of mold? Does it wipe off?
How often do you water? I water when the top inch or two is dry when I stick my finger in the soil and then water enough for it to run out of the bottom.
Perhaps @WillC can give more advise.
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BelindaB
Jun 15, 2020 1:12 PM CST
It does not wipe off, it looks like a dry scab. I water it when the soil is almost completely dry. Thanks for your advice, Sue!
Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Jun 15, 2020 9:35 PM CST

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mechanical damage can happen, I wouldn't worry so much about it then.
You may be waiting too long if you are allowing the soil to completely dry. Thumbs up
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WillC
Jun 16, 2020 10:46 AM CST
I see two white blobs that I thought might be mealybugs, but if they don't wipe off then that is not what it is and is probably not a cause for concern.

It is hard to see just how it is potted, but I tend to agree with Sue that you may be letting it get too dry.
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