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KarolPenteado
Jun 15, 2020 7:13 AM CST
Hi all,

I was wondering if someone could tell what is happening to my begonia polka dot.

It's leaves does not look so healthy...
I don't know what it is or what it is causing it.
Some leaves still doing pretty well however I got a few just like these ones.


What should I do?
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Jun 15, 2020 9:07 AM CST
At least some of it is physical damage.

Please post a photo that shows the entire Begonia and its pot.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
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KarolPenteado
Jun 15, 2020 10:06 AM CST
Hi Will

Thank you for taking the time to reply.

I have just attached new pictures. I am concerned about my begonia. Is my very first one and I love it.

I live in a flat in the UK, I don't get direct sun light but a lot of natural lights comes through the Windows.

I also got a humidifier to keep humidity over 60

When I bought my begonia it didn't have any leaf damage and now it started appearing...

I usually water from the bottom once a week or once I see that the soil is almost dried, I don't let it completely dried out as per instructions I have received.
I spray filtered water over the leaves once a week as well.

I only use filtered water.

Am I doing something wrong?

Looking forward to hearing from you!
Many thanks once again.
Karol



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KarolPenteado
Jun 15, 2020 10:09 AM CST
WillC said:At least some of it is physical damage.

Please post a photo that shows the entire Begonia and its pot.





Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
Jun 15, 2020 10:17 AM CST
Welcome! Karol! The torn leaves are not a pest or disease problem. It is definitely physical damage. That can happen easily with your Begonia leaves that tear easily. You can trim them up to make it look better..

The brown leaf edges are probably due to the watering technique you are using. It is possible to water plants from the bottom, but it is more difficult to do it properly and it also allows mineral salts to build up in the soil.

Let the top one cm get dry to your touch and then water slowly over the entire top surface until a bit trickles through the drain holes. Don't let more than just a bit collect in the bottom of the pot.

Your Begonia will benefit more from better light than higher humidity that it doesn't really need. Move it as close to a window as possible.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

KarolPenteado
Jun 15, 2020 1:55 PM CST
Hi Will,

Thank you! Really appreciate you taking the time.
I will follow your instructions.

Love my begonia and really want it to see it doing well and being happy.

Have a wonderful evening.
Many thanks!

Karol : )
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
Jun 16, 2020 7:48 AM CST
Same to you, Karol.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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