Rex Begonia

Asked October 17, 2020, 10:59 AM EDT

I have a beautiful Rex Begonia that I managed to successfully overwinter in the house last year. I brought it in the house about a month ago to try and do the same this year. It is getting quite large and leggy and I'd like to prune it back a bit to make it bushier. Is now the time to do that or should I wait until spring? Also, I have an Escargot Begonia. Can those also be overwintered in the house? Thanks for all you do! Marilyn

Kent County Michigan

1 Response

Hello, Marilyn!

It sounds as if you are very successful growing your begonias, congratulations!

When grown in containers and placed indoors, Rex Begonia plants may be cut back in fall and overwintered in a cool location with reduced watering. Your Escargot begonia is a Rex begonia cultivar, so you should be able to grow it indoors as well.

https://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheet/growing-begonias-indoors/

I found some eye candy, too. ;-) https://www.finegardening.com/article/rex-begonias

I hope this helps!