Plant ID forum: Is this a begonia? Roots growing over the side of the pot?

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Jan 11, 2017 5:47 PM CST

This plant was gifted to a friend, and then gifted to me. I am still pretty new to caring for house plants and can't find much information on this. Looks like some type of begonia but I have never seen those types of roots? Are those roots growing over the sides of the pot? The leaves are pretty fragile, but heavy at the same time. Any help would be great!

Thanks! Megan
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Jan 11, 2017 6:05 PM CST

It is a Begonia - a Rhizomatous Begonia. Those aren't roots crawling out of the pot, they are the stems of the begonia. This type of rhizomatous begonia creeps and will root along the bottoms of the stems. That means that you can cut those stems into 2 or 3 inch pieces, lay them in a pot of fresh soil, and they will re-root and form a whole new plant.

Its best to use a shallow pot and fast draining soil. Arrange the pieces in a circle with the cut ends of the stems towards the center and the leaf ends towards the edge of the pot. Don't bury the stems but snug them down so they are making good contact with the soil and water well.

Be careful not to overwater - just keep the soil damp until the stems start growing again. Keep it in a shady spot.
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Jan 12, 2017 5:47 AM CST
The rhizomatous ones with especially colorful leaves are often referred to as Rex Begonias, as a large group. Yours looks like it is probably one of those, there are hundreds of diff ones.
Begonia (Begonia rex)

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