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Name: Peggy
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pgurney
Oct 22, 2013 7:07 AM CST
I'm in a pickle as to how to help my beautiful baby!

She's been an outside plant since she was given to me this past spring. But I brought her inside when the night started dipping below 40°. So she's been inside for about a month or so. She started growing all kinds of new leaves and budding AFTER I brought her INSIDE

Now this morning I wake up and some of her leaves are curled up and brittle! Even some of the new baby leaves seem to have died overnight!
Could it be because I'm running the furnace? Or perhaps I'm watering too often (once per week)?
Should I sit her pot in a moist pebble tray?

Look at the difference in the pics. I'm at a loss. :(

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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Oct 22, 2013 9:58 AM CST
I, myself, am fairly new with begonias. I have a new Angel-wing that I'm falling in love with. But, I'm thinking that it could be the combination of things that you spoke of. Furnace/Dry heat, lack of humidity…So I'm sure that wonderful pebble tray may help…A regular misting, and only watering as needed instead of on a regular weekly schedule may help as well. I think, although I could be wrong, *Blush* but I believe all plants tend to go into a little bit of shock, especially when they must be moved suddenly to a different 'climate'. So I'm thinking the pebble tray, and trying to emulate the light that it was getting may help. I hope!
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Calif_Sue
Oct 22, 2013 10:21 AM CST

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Yes, I agree with Tara. It's the drier environment that is causing the brown edges.
Here is a good article on growing them indoors written by a begonia expert.
http://www.bradsbegoniaworld.com/indoors.htm
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Name: Peggy
Youngstown, Ohio (Zone 6a)
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pgurney
Oct 22, 2013 10:33 AM CST
Thanks everyone!

The leaves didn't just get brown edges, they shriveled up - overnight - literally!
The plant has been inside for about a month now, and grew faster in that month than it ever did on my porch, so I assumed it was loving it inside. Crying
I mist the leaves every single day, along with my purple waffles and philodendrons.

I will definitely put it on a pebble tray and cut down on the watering, and make sure those leaves get a good shower every day.

Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Oct 22, 2013 10:35 AM CST
@Calif_Sue , thanks SO much for that link! Very informative, and it's one I'm going to 'hold on to'! Thumbs up

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