Rex Begonia Red Kiss
Rex Begonia 'Red Kiss', aka Painted-Leaf Begonia or Fancy-Leaf Begonia 'Red Kiss', is a small-leaved cultivar of Rex Begonia with glossy leaves and a compact growth habit. Each leaf is a bright, metallic red with a large black center as well as a black band around the border. If the plant is not kept in bright light, the red sections will generally be a pale green. Although they can produce blooms, they are grown for their beautiful, showy foliage.
They should not be in a position to see the sun directly, as it is too intense for them. Filtered sunlight through a sheer curtain is fine and most homes are comprised primarily of indirect sunlight. The best spot for them is where they do not see the sun during the majority of the day but still get bright, indirect light.
They will do well in medium light, but will grow faster with brighter light. A good medium-light place in your home would be in the middle of a room that has a regular size window. Remember that plants will grow based on how much light they receive.
They need to be watered when the top half of the soil is dry to the touch. That usually takes about 1 week in an average home environment. It may vary depending on the time of year, your environment and lighting conditions, but it's always safer to underwater or give the soil a check before you water again.
They like a high humidity environment but do not like being misted, as this can cause powdery mildew. Instead, you can place them on a pebble tray or put them around a humidifier. Although they won't die if they don't receive enough humidity, their leaves may have some dry, crunchy, or yellow edges.
Do not mist the leaves, as this can lead to powdery mildew. They have very thin roots, so be careful not to let the plants sit in any excess water as this will often cause their roots to rot.
The plant comes with a default nursery pot. The nursery pot is usually 0.5" - 1" smaller than stated to fit into the same size decorative pot. Washable Paper Planter Bags are sold separately.
As with all living things, no two plants are alike. There is some natural variation in size, shape, and characteristics. We make every effort to bring you a plant that as closely as possible matches the plant as it appears on our website, in the size you have chosen, and have a good potential to happily grow in your home.