Loved for their incredible leaf patterns, the Iron Cross Begonia is great for lovers of exotic foliage plants! They also sometimes produce flowers if in the right environment and given the right care!
I love the sunshine but too much direct light will damage my leaves.
I can be quite sensitive to root rot so be careful not to overwater me.
Please make sure the air isn’t too dry, otherwise, I won’t be a happy plant.
I need soil specifically for indoor plants as it will retain the right amount of water.
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The best spot for your Iron Cross Begonia is somewhere with plenty of bright but indirect light. Too much intense light can harm their incredible foliage but insufficient light will make them leggy and they won’t be able to produce flowers.
Iron Cross Begonias are quite sensitive to overwatering so you want to make sure that the potting mix has nearly dried out before watering again. The best way to know if it’s time to water is by using a moisture meter.
Whilst Iron Cross Begonias don’t need a super humid environment, a little boost every now and again will stop them drying up and becoming crispy around the edges. The best way to do this is through misting using a spray bottle or buying a humidifier.
It’s important that you don’t put your Iron Cross Begonia in a really warm spot in your home as they prefer slightly cooler temperatures.
As with most houseplants, you only really want to fertilise your Iron Cross Begonia during the warmer sunnier months. We recommend using a water-soluble feed once a month during the growth period. Make sure to dilute more than recommended to avoid possible fertiliser burn.
Although you can propagate a Iron Cross Begonia through leaf cuttings, we recommend going for the division method as it is more successful.
To do this you need to separate the plant and root system into several smaller plants. Make sure each section has a good amount of roots attached before placing into fresh potting mix and resuming normal Iron Cross Begonia care!
Unfortunately, you will want to keep any small children or pets away from your Iron Cross Begonia as they are toxic. The roots are especially toxic but even ingestion of the leaves can cause stomach irritation.
Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.
Aside from natural ageing, there are a few different causes of brown Iron Cross Begonia leaves. Firsly, a lack of humidity can cause them to become dry, crispy and brown but it can also occur if it is receiving intense direct sunshine.
Overwatering is a common problem for Iron Cross Begonias and can cause them to lose their leaves if the roots are damaged and the stems go soft. Check the potting mix and replace if waterlogged. Going forward cut back how much you are watering your Iron Cross Begonia, making sure the soil has dried out before watering again.
Leggy growth on an Iron Cross Begonia can indicate it is not receiving enough light and is trying to reach for more. Place your plant in a slightly sunnier spot in your home, avoiding any direct light.
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