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Name: Natalie B
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Natbeth43
Jun 17, 2021 9:10 AM CST
I just bought this begonia but it has some brown and fading spots on it. I thought maybe the soil was too saturared so I've been letting it sit out of the ceramic pot it came in to dry out some. Another source said it could be leaf rot? Just curious if I need to treat it with a fungicide. Thanks in advance for the advice!




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purpleinopp
Jun 17, 2021 9:16 AM CST
Hi & welcome! Are you keeping it inside or out? Are you able to add a pic?
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Name: Natalie B
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Natbeth43
Jun 17, 2021 9:46 AM CST
I'm keeping it indoors but I have let it sit out in the sun to dry out a bit. I edited the original post with photos. Thank you!
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plantladylin
Jun 17, 2021 9:56 AM CST
Polka Dot Begonia (Begonia maculata) is a shade loving plant and I would advise keeping it out of the sun. You did the right thing by removing the outer ceramic pot, which can hinder aeration and allow the soil to stay too wet for too long. I don't see any signs of rot, the yellowing of the foliage is likely just from overwatering but the plant should recover.

Just curious, were the tips of the leaves cut off when you purchased the plant?
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Name: Natalie B
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Natbeth43
Jun 17, 2021 10:05 AM CST
No🙈🙈 I prematurely cut them off thinking it could be rot:( Thank you for the reply and advice!
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purpleinopp
Jun 17, 2021 10:31 AM CST
Lovely! Begonias really like the consistency of loose, airy soil that does not get too dry. Agree that any significant direct sun outside is probably too strong, past the first or last hour of the day. Sunburn can occur within minutes during the middle of the day at this time of the year. Whine inside behind a pane of glass, a spot near an east window would probably be appreciated, where the sun would sweep past it for a short time in the morning.

It looks like relatively recent cuttings. As they get settled and well rooted, new growth should appear soon. If they are newish cuttings, it would be normal for these existing leaves to fall off once new growth starts.
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