With their unique foliage and bright flowers, begonias are the classic easy-care Houseplant. A classic for good reasons, they grow well indoors and come in a huge ever-increasing variety of colours and shapes. It’s a classic 70s houseplant making a huge comeback - for good reason, its stunning easy-care nature makes it hard not to love!
The genus contains more than 1,800 different plant species so it's going to be difficult to collect them all!
The Begonias are native to moist subtropical and tropical climates. the plant was originally kept as an ornamental plant by the Chinese in the 14 century but is actually named after a European, Michel Begon, a 16th-century botanist.
Begonias are popular because they are hardy, the flowers are long-lived and they grow in shade so make ideal houseplants. The secret to keeping them flowering regularly is access to good indirect light and regular light waterings. They enjoy being damp but hate being in waterlogged soil. Imagine the roots need to breathe and you won't go far wrong.
This plant has incredibly beautiful velvet foliage, soft to touch, emerald green elongated oval leaves that have a bright lime vein running down the centre, with a red underside. The Begonia listada is a bit of a diva, but incredibly rewarding. It comes from the Brazilian rainforests where it is an understorey plant, so it likes shady conditions, keep out of direct sunlight, ideally on a watered gravel tray to maintain high humidity levels. It can be moved to a sheltered, partially shaded spot outside in summer.
If you decide to give this interesting houseplant as a gift, we can include a free, handwritten card - just specify your message at the basket stage of delivery and we’ll do the rest! We won’t give the game away with paperwork or prices either so it’ll be a wonderful surprise!
Begonia are easy to care for, suitable for beginners.
How should I water this houseplant?
Water when the top few inches of soil feel dry to the touch, soak through and leave until dry again. Be careful to make sure that the plant isn’t left sitting in water as it won’t like that!
Should I feed this houseplant?
Yes, you can feed during spring and summer, try our vegan, organic plant food.
Is this plant toxic to pets?
Yes this could cause problems if a pet nibbled it.
What size is this houseplant?
W12cm x H30cm.
If you’d like to see a video we have made about general houseplant care, have a look here.
If you like this plant, we have others that might inspire you. Try our Begonia Coccinea