A trailing houseplant, displaying scallop-shaped leaves with pink undersides. A great choice for hanging baskets or for placing on top of a shelf.
Growing Pot Size: 10 cm
- A medium-sized houseplant, maturing at a height of 1 - 1.5m
- Loves bright, indirect sunlight
- Easy care level
- Non-toxic, pet-friendly!
- Growing Pot Size: 10 cm
Where is it from?
The Strawberry Begonia originates from Japan where its name translates to ‘under the snow’, a reference to its ground covering habit.
Strawberry Begonia: The plant that keeps on giving!
Just like the common Strawberry plant, the Strawberry Begonia produces plantlets on runners. These can easily be pruned from the mother plant and replanted to grow more Strawberry Begonia plants. We recommend removing the plantlets when they are 5cm or bigger.
Is this the right plant for me?
If you enjoy plants that can hang in baskets and detail your home with elegance, then this is a plant for you. The Strawberry Begonia’s runners act as dainty trailing stems from which green-blue round foliage grows, laced with silvery-white veins. As they dislike high levels of humidity, this plant is well suited for a bedroom or living room where moisture levels tend to be low. Tolerating cold temperatures, the Strawberry Begonia will have no problem with a harsh winter. Positon near an east or west-facing window to provide the best sunlight for optimal growth.
Plant Care Tips:
Light: This plant requires bright, indirect light to thrive. Avoid direct sunlight which can scorch the leaves.
Water: As this is a fast-growing plant, water more regularly during the spring and summer months when she will be thirsty. Water once the top 5cm of the soil has dried out.
Soil: Pot up in well-draining, lightweight soil. A high organic matter content will also benefit.
Humidity: Strawberry Begonias have no specific humidity requirements, preferring lower humidity levels. Do not mist this plant as water can collect on the leaves and cause fungal infections.
Fertilizer: During the growing season, feed with liquid fertilizer at a weak dose. This can be applied once or twice a month.
Temperature: This plant prefers to be on the cool side - temperatures between 10 - 23°C are best.
Repotting: Strawberry Begonias do not like being pot bound so be sure to re-pot your plant every spring.
Strawberry Begonia Common Problems & Questions:
Why are the edges of the leaves turning brown?
This is likely to be due to a lack of water or moisture in the air. Ensure humidity levels are above at least 25% and do not allow the soil to completely dry out. You can simply use your finger to test the moisture levels in the soil. If the top 5cm is dry, it’s time for watering.
How can I improve drainage for my plant?
The first thing to do is to check that your container has drainage holes. It may sound obvious, but some decorative plant pots do not have drainage holes and this causes problems. Terracotta pots allow moisture in and out of the pot and are a good choice. You can then aid drainage by adding ingredients such as sand, perlite or composted bark to your potting mix.
Is my plant susceptible to pests?
Common pests of this plant include mealybugs and aphids. In cases of infection, isolate your plant and spray it with an insecticidal soap spray. Remove any dead or diseased foliage.
The lower leaves of my plant are turning yellow, why?
This may be a sign that your plant needs feeding as a lack of nutrients can cause chlorosis (yellowing of the leaves). Apply a liquid fertilizer next time you water your plant and monitor the results. Alternatively, if you haven’t repotted your plant in a while, it will benefit from some fresh soil. The plant will then replenish its nutrients from the soil.
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