Houseplants forum: Dying Rex Begonia - HELP

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dairyfreechocolate
Sep 12, 2020 11:43 AM CST
I got a rex begonia about halfway through the summer. It has been slowly loosing its leaves and I don't know why! I've tried changing how frequently I water it and how much sunlight it gets but nothing seems to help. I've currently got it in a corner of my room that gets bright during the day but doesn't get any direct sunlight (the pictures on the windowsill were just for light quality, I don't keep it there. The last picture is where I've been keeping it).

Any advice on bringing it back to (full) life and getting it healthy?

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Name: John
Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
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Sep 12, 2020 11:13 PM CST
I have had very poor luck with Rex begonias, but for what it's worth, they require lots of humidity (I live in Inland Southern California where 20% humidity is considered Georgia weather). A humidifier might be your only recourse. Sighing! "Humidity trays" really don't raise the humidity much around the plant itself.
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Massachusetts
dairyfreechocolate
Sep 13, 2020 8:43 PM CST
Damn. I assume watering in small amounts more frequently wont help? What if I mist it daily? Maybe I'll give that a try.
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Paul2032
Sep 13, 2020 8:52 PM CST
I haven't had luck with Rex Begonias. I've killed several. They do need humidity. I've had luck with African Violets by placing on a material such as art board that I can wet several times a day . Misting is very temporary.
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Massachusetts
dairyfreechocolate
Sep 14, 2020 10:28 AM CST
Sounds like I won't have much luck with the rex begonia haha. Any suggestions for low-light plants I could get instead? My apartment doesn't get more than a few hours of direct sunlight, and my succulents are taking up all my windowsill space.
Name: John
Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
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Sep 19, 2020 11:29 PM CST
Try Peperomia or Pilea for some color. Pothos and trailing Philodendrons will grow almost anywhere.Dracaena marginata is good for some color and the other Dracaenas will also grow most anywhere. Schefflera arboricola makes a nice little bush in a 4" or 6" pot and there are some variegated forms.

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kniphofia
Sep 20, 2020 12:10 AM CST
I've also never been able to keep one alive over the years.
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sallyg
Sep 20, 2020 7:43 AM CST
Ditto here, Rex seem " fussy.". I theorize that the juicy stems hold. more water than I think , and so the plant wants drier soil. No idea how correct.
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