An easy to grow houseplant that equally lends itself to outdoor summer bedding adding attractive, colourful foliage to shaded areas. It forms well filled clumps of olive/ green and silver/ green leaves in spiralled markings that resemble the pattern of a snail shell…. Hence it’s common name Escargot Begonia Rex.
When growing as a houseplant position in a bright spot but out of direct sunlight and water regularly during the summer months, reducing watering for the winter keeping the compost on the slightly drier side. Plant in any well drained potting compost. If growing outside again plant in a well drained soil in part shade. Lift before the first frosts and get back under heated glass for the winter unless you want to try leaving it outside for the winter with a well ventilated cloche packed with dry straw. We have found this a very affective way to overwinter them outside down in the south of England despite their high temperature requirements.
Sent as a young plant in a 5cm pot. Usually several plants per pot so can be grown as a clump or carefully divided. Sent as dormant rhizomes if purchasing in winter.