A begonia to love


I am not a big begonia fan, but I have had this one, Begonia ‘Richardsiana’ growing in my kitchen for about a year. Not only is this an easy houseplant to grow (mine is in a northeast facing window) but check out those cutleaf maple-type leaves and the bulbous trunk, or caudex, which looks very bonsai-like.


This plant, a semi-tuberous begonia native to South Africa, is almost always in bloom. I grow it on the kitchen table so I can enjoy its strangeness.  I keep it pinched back to maintain its  shape.

I bought this one at Logee’s for less than $20. The plant was in an attractive but totally useless bonsai pot. I had to re-pot it after just a few weeks, because it was drying out so fast.


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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4 Responses to A begonia to love

  1. GardenPest says:

    I so enjoy your posts and what an interesting begonia. Totally new to me. Do you put it out in summer and, if so, what light?

    I’ve been concerned about my Mertensia and whether they would sprout. Today, yes!, I could see their early growth among the leaves in my shade bed. What a way to start the day. I am so happy.


    • dirtynailz says:

      Thanks, and congrats on the emergence of your mertensia. I also find I forget when some perennials start to poke through and I think they’re dead.
      I do not put the begonia outside, because I am pretty sure it would get sunburned. This plant is very happy in the subdued northeast light of my kitchen, and I am going to leave it where it is. I only water it once a week, by the way.
      Thanks for the positive feedback! Don’t get much of that….


  2. CJ Wright says:

    I love begonias! If you ever tire of this one, I’ll adopt it. It’s a new one to me, too, and it has my heart beating faster. 🙂


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