A Complete Guide to Grow and Care Beefsteak Begonia

Beefsteak Begonia is about to flower
Beefsteak Begonia is about to flower

Are you craving a plant that offers beauty and limelight to your living space? Interestingly, there is a plant that can meet your expectation.

Beefsteak Begonia, with its round, translucent leaves gleaming with its beautiful light pinkish flower, is a plant able to jazz up your space.

Moreover, its beauty does not cost more as it can easily be cared for. However, you need to follow a certain care regimen for proper growth.

Generally, Beefsteak Begonia requires well-draining, porous soil (Soil pH 6.1 to 7.5) and sufficient sunlight. Balanced humidity, temperature (45-85℉), fertilization (2-4 weeks), timely pruning, repotting once in 1-2 years are some of its other requirements.

Blooming Beefsteak Begonia
Blooming Beefsteak Begonia (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

If you are up for making your Beefsteak Begonia shine, Read the full articles.

The article contains detailed information about the care tips for Beefsteak Begonia.

Beefsteak Begonia Overview

Beefsteak Begonia is a unique and astounding plant, unlike many house plants.

Interestingly, it is a hybrid version hybridized in 1845 in Germany.

The species is a cross between two different species of Begonia; Begonia manicata and Begonia hydrocotylifolia.

The plant is hybridized and successfully grown in Germany, so it adores temperate climatic conditions.

However, the parent plants are native tropical and sub-tropical. Thus, it shows mixed features of temperate and tropical climate.

Here is a table consisting of basic information about Beefsteak Begonia.

Botanical/ Scientific NameBegonia Erythrophylla
Common NameBeefsteak Begonia
OriginFirst Hybridized in Germany in the year 1845
Family Begoniaceae
Plant TypeEvergreen perennial rhizomatous plant
USDA Growth Zone 10-11
Height 12-18 inches
Spread8-36 inches
Grown For Foliage and Flowers
ToxicityToxic to both human and pets
Foliage Color Greenish bronze copper color on the upper side and Red/Burgundy on the undersides
Flower Papilionaceous type, Pink color flower that blooms in late winter or early spring

A Complete Guide to Grow and Care Beefsteak Begonia

The plant does not demand high maintenance and can easily be cared for even by plant newbies.

However, it does not mean that Beefsteak Begonia can thrive well in any environmental conditions.

You need to provide them with a suitable environment for their proper growth.

Despite the care tips being quite straightforward, some of their requirements are specific compared to other house plants.

Some of its basic requirements are as follows.

Parameters Favorable conditions
Sunlight 8-10 hours of bright indirect light
Temperature45-85℉ (7-29℃).
Humidity 50% of the relative humidity
Watering Once a week in summer and twice or thrice a month in winter
Fertilization In a frequency of 2-4 weeks in the growing season
Soil Type Well-draining, porous and nutrient rich soil with pH 6.1 to 7.5
Pruning Once in 1-2 years during fall or the end of summer
Repotting once in 1-2 years
Propagation Via root ball division, stem cuttings and rhizomes
Pot Size 6-8 inches

1. Sunlight and Location Requirement

The Beefsteak Begonia is among plants that adore plenty of lights. Although the plant is a brightness-loving plant, you can easily grow it indoors.

The plant can survive in relatively low light conditions. But, why risk when you can provide them with enough light?

It is best to provide them with 8-10 hours of bright indirect light. Along with that, it is better to provide them 3-4 hours of morning sun and afternoon shades.

However, be careful not to introduce them to scorching bright direct light. Extreme sun exposure might burn its foliage, causes discoloration and browning of edges.

Sunlight hitting the leaves
Sunlight hitting the leaves (Source: Pixabay)

In contrast, the low light condition causes drooping and wilting of the leaves.

Furthermore, insufficient light causes decreased rate of photosynthesis, ultimately stressing the plant.

The foliage falls off to save energy if the lighting condition cannot be improved.

Generally, the intensity of natural light is very low during winter. So, you may need an artificial grow light. Likewise, if there is insufficient light, you might need it.

Tips to Provide Sufficient Light

  • Rotate your plant every week to obtain balanced growth.
  • Avoid shifting your plants from brighter to low light as the plant gets stressed.
  • Place the plant in an eastern-facing window. However, Southern and northern facing windows are also the perfect spots for Beefsteak begonia.
  • You can draw light and a slightly transparent curtain or drape to protect plants from the scorching sun.
  •  Provide your plant with 8-12 hours of artificial light. You can use a full-spectrum fluorescent light, HDI lights, or full-spectrum L.E.D.lights.

Note : All of the grow lights mentioned above support both blue and red spectrums of light. These spectrum are responsible for vegetative growth and flower production respectively.

2. Watering Requirements

How often do you water your Beefsteak Begonia?

The common issue plant parents face watering issues, either overwatering or underwatering.

And, in the case of Beefsteak Begonia, watering requirements differ according to the stage the plant is in.

Generally, Beefsteak Begonia adores consistently moist soil. But, it does not indicate that the plant can thrive in soggy soil.

The plant hates waterlogged conditions. When the soil is waterlogged, it blocks tiny air pockets present in the soil.

It causes reduced aeration and high soil compaction, increasing the chance of root rot.

Watering the plants
Optimum Watering (Source: Unsplash.com)

Beefsteak Begonia is not succulents, but they bear features similar to succulents in the case of water storage.

Like succulents, Beefsteak Begonia stores water, but the form is different.

Since the plant is rhizomatous, it stores water and essential nutrients in the rhizomes.

Overwatering causes serious issues like yellowing, limpness, drooping leaves, root rot, etc.

Besides, the plant also detests underwatering issues. When the plant becomes subject to drought for a prolonged time, its leaves curls, turn brown and crispy.

Therefore, it is necessary to water them in a balanced way.

Solutions to Watering Issues

  • Establish a proper watering schedule. Water the plant once or twice a week in the first fortnight of its initial growth phase.
  • After that, reduce the frequency to half. Moreover, watering them 2-3 times a month suffice during winter.
  • Whenever you water the plant, water it thoroughly until the water escapes from the drainage holes, it helps to flush out extra salts present in the soil.
  • Let the soil dry out in between waterings.
  • Do not let the water sit in the saucer for a long time as it dampens the bottom-most soil.
  • Always water your plant with water that is at room temperature.
  • To find out whether the plant needs watering or not, insert your finger or a stick  2-3 inches below the soil. Water it only if the top layer of soil is dry.

3. Ideal Temperature

Generally, the ideal temperature for Beefsteak Begonia is between 45-85℉ (7-29℃).

When the plant is subjected to a temperature below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, the cellular activities of the plant are disrupted.

As a result, the plant cells might burst, ultimately stressing and degenerating the plant’s activities.

Similarly, extremely high temperature causes a high rate of transpiration which is the loss of water from plants’ leaves.

The imbalance in the moisture level in the plant disrupts its physiology and photosynthesis.

If you are a resident in the USDA Zone 10-11, you can easily grow Beefsteak outdoors.

However, you need to protect them from extreme sun and frosty winter nights.

Tips to Maintain an Ideal Temperature

  • Avoid drafty places, heating and cooling vents like heaters and radiators.
  • Hight temperature can be balanced out by increasing humidity around the plant. Maintaining high humidity reciprocates the moisture loss from transpiration.
  • To protect the plants from cold winters, you can cover them with frost blankets and transparent plastic.
  • Covering the top layer of the soil with mulch such as straw and dried leaves helps create insulation.
  • Avoid placing your plants by windows during winter. Temperature fluctuation near the window is high during winter.
Plant cover for Plants
Plant cover for Plants (Source: Amazon)

4. Ideal Humidity

Like other tropical plants, Beefsteak Begonia does not demand high humidity. But, interestingly, Beefsteak Begonia can thrive in a wide range of humidity.

However, the ideal humidity requirement for Beefsteak Begonia is about 50% of the relative humidity. 

The normal indoor humidity is around 40% of the relative humidity. So, you do not have to struggle a lot about maintaining Beeesteak’s humidity.

Nevertheless, it is always better to be on the safer side. So, why not maintain the ideal humidity when you can do it with easy steps?

Tips to Maintain Ideal Humidity

  • The easiest and most effective way to increase humidity around plants is by using a humidifier.
  • Next, you can increase humidity by placing a tray of wet pebbles below the plant. The water in the pebbles evaporates, gradually increasing the moisture level around the plant.
  • Grouping the plant also helps increase humidity through natural perspiration. However, it is also the easiest way of transferring pests snd diseases. Therefore, avoid grouping your Begonia with infected plants.
  • Another way is to mist the leaves of your Beefsteak Begonia with distilled water.
  • You can also place your Beefsteak Begonia in a well-lit bathroom as the humidity is naturally high there.
Plant Humidifier
Humidifier near a Plant (Source: Amazon)

5. Soil Type

Correct soil type is a primer condition to grow a healthy and shiny plant.

Well-draining, light, porous, nutrient-rich soil with a pH range of 6.1 to 7.5 is best for Begonia Beefsteak. 

If the soil is poorly draining, it hinders oxygen flow in the plant’s roots.

When the plant cannot breathe properly, its photosynthesis process and other physiological functioning are disturbed.

Moreover, poorly draining soil houses root rot bacteria. Therefore, always choose a potting mix that supports fast drainage.

Proper Potting mix (Source: Unsplash)
Correct Potting Mix (Source: Unsplash)

Furthermore, the compaction in the soil increases along with the increase in watering frequency.

Higher soil compaction results in lower soil aeration. The problem can be solved by loosening up the top layer of the soil frequently to increase air circulation.

If you are looking for a commercial potting mix to use directly, the potting mix for African Violet is the best for the purpose.

Besides, you can make your potting mix. If you are interested in learning the recipe, follow the following composition.

  • Mix 1 part of regular potting mix
  • 1 part of perlite, pumice, or coconut coir
  • 1/2 part of sand
  • 1/2 part of organic fertilizer ( animal manure, chicken litter, worm casting, etc.)

Pro Tips- You can also mix crushed charcoal, wooden barks, chips, or dried leaves to make the soil porous.

6. Adequate Fertilization

Nutrition is another essential factor that determines the health and growth of plants.

Beefsteak Begonia requires all of the nutrition elements: micronutrition, macro nutrition, and secondary nutrition.

Generally, nutritional deficiencies in Beefsteak cause stunted growth, limping, and drooping of leaves.

Plants require nutrients and minerals to carry out photosynthesis. Therefore, insufficient nutrition causes reduced photosynthesis. As a result, your Beefsteak Begonia might get stressed.

But, on a brighter note, Beefsteak Begonia does not require a large amount of fertilization.

It is sufficient to apply all-purpose liquid fertilizer in the frequency of 2-4 weeks in the growing season.

Vermin Compost Manure
Vermin Compost Manure (Source: Pexels)

Beefsteak Begonia is a light feeder. Thus, you need to dilute the solution to 50% before applying.

Alternatively, you can also use an organic fertilizer such as worm casting, manure, cottonseed meal, etc.

Likewise, you can also apply synthetic fertilizer like NN.P.K.in the balanced ratio of 5-5-5 0r 10-10-5.

Here are some commercial fertilizers that you can use for your Beefsteak Begonia.

Besides, be careful not to overfertilize your plant. Overfertilization accumulates excessive salts in the soil, which causes burnt leaves and root damage.

7. Growth Habits

Generally, Beefsteak Begonia is a fast-growing plant. They grow rapidly when they receive favorable growing conditions.

The most favorable time for their growth is in spring and summer.

Therefore, they need proper watering, lighting, and nutrition during this period.

If you do not provide your Begonia with adequate nutrition and care, the plant might not flourish as expected. So, make sure you fulfill their care regimen during this period.

Beefsteak Begonia
Beefsteak Begonia (Source: Etsy)

Moreover, the plant exhibits two different growth phases. It grows rapidly in summer and spring but goes under dormancy in winter.

So, stay calm if your Beefsteak is not growing during the winter season.

Additionally, Beefsteak begonia grows about 12-18 inches in height and 8-36 inches in counting spread.

8. Flowering Habits

What do you think is the major attraction in Beefsteak Begonia?

Well, if you were to ask me the same question, I would, without any doubt, admit that it is its tiny beautiful pinkish flower.

The flower that stands at the top of the long stalk is everything that makes Beefsteak Begonia a center decor piece.

If you are not a fan of Beefsteak Begonia, your eyes probably have not met it in the flowering season.

Generally, it produces flowers in the spring and early summer seasons.

However, if you do not provide them with the proper care they require, it might not produce those tiny adorning flowers.

The most important factors that play a role in the flowering habits of Beefsteak Begonia are timely pruning and adequate sunlight.

When it comes to flowering in plants, there is a common rule—the more adequate the sunlight, the more flower production.

Furthermore, pruning your plant while the buds appear negatively affects flower production.

9. Pest Infestation

Are you annoyed of severe pest infestation in Beefsteak Begonia?

I ask you, How could the beautiful foliage and flowers not attract the pests?

Well, pests are the most common problem that every plant parents face. However, it is good news to you that the problem is fixable. Yeah, you read it right!

Here is the list of pests in Beefsteak Begonia.

Common Pests Symptoms
Spider Mites 1. Discoloration of leaves.
2. Heavy infestation might exhibits fine webbing on leaves.
Whiteflies 1. Tiny pests with white wings fly around the plant.
2. Blotchy and yellowing of leaves
3. White dust particle on the undersides of leaves.
Scales 1. Brown bumpy structure and white cottony lumps appears on the leaves
2. Wilting or drooping of leaves
3. Discoloration along with patches.
Mealy bugs 1. White cotton-like substance appears on the undersides of the leaves.
2. Curling, wilting and falling off leaves
Aphids 1. Curling and falling off leaves
2. Stunted growth

Solutions

  • Cut the infected parts of the plant immediately with sterilized pruning shears or blades.
  • Dip a cotton ball into isopropyl alcohol. Then, gently run it around the infected parts. It helps to remove pests like mealybugs, spider mites, and eggs.
  • Scrape off pests like scales with blunt knives or blades.
  • You can mix dish soap with water and spray it on the whole plant.
  • Pests like Whiteflies can be removed by spraying insecticide.
  • If the infestation is high, you can spray your plant with neem oil or other horticultural oils.
  • Pests like slugs and snails can easily be handpicked. This problem generally occurs if you are growing your Beefsteak Begonia outdoors.

Preventive Measures

  • Sneak a peek at your Beefsteak Bego0nia every day to check the signs of pest infestation.
  • Never group your Beefsteak with other infested plants.
  • Spray your plant with soap water every week.
  • Avoid soggy soil as it invites pests infestation.
  • Wipe out the leaves of Beefsteak every week with soap water.

10. Common Diseases

Beefsteak Begonia is highly susceptible to diseases. The primary reason for diseases and bacterial infection in Beefsteak is soggy soil.

When the soil is waterlogged, it blocks air space and thus invites anaerobic growth.

Such anaerobic growth causes root rot and foul order in the soil, making it a hub for disease attraction.

Here are some common diseases and their symptoms in Beefsteak Begonia.

Common Diseases Symptoms
Bacterial leaf spot 1. Large black or brown circular, spots appears on leaves at the base of the plant
Botrytis Blight1. Buds and flowers turns yellow and grow abnormally
2. Brown, black patches in flowers along.
3. Rotting of older flowers.
4. Soft brown and yellow spots appears on the leaves and stem.
Powdery Mildew1. Discolored and yellowing of leaves
2. Coating of White substance in the leaves
Gray Mold1. Grey-brown mold grows buds, flowers and leaves
Root Rot Disease1. Gradual degeneration of roots.
2. Stunted growth
3. Wilting and drooping of leaves
4. Yellowing and falling of leaves

Solutions

  • Deadhead the infected part as soon as possible. Remember to use sterilized pruning shears or scissors.
  • In case of root rot, take the plant out of the pot. Dry it for a couple of hours. Then, repot it into a new well-draining pot with porous and fast-draining potting mix.
  • Spray fungicides before buds formation and after the buds develop into flowers.
  • To control Powdery Mildew, spray fungicides containing sulfur.
  • If the infection is severe, it might be difficult to save the plant. However, in such a case, you can always propagate them.

Preventive Measures

  • Avoid spraying water on the flowers and buds while misting the plant.
  • Soggy soil is home to diseases. So, always keep the soil dry in between waterings.
  • Keep your Beefsteak Begonia separate from other infected plants.
  • Avoid cold and high humidity to control diseases like Botrytis Blight.
  • Spray the plant with fungicides once a year.
Beefsteak Begonia Potted in Soggy Soil
Beefsteak Begonia Potted in Soggy Soil

11. Timely Pruning

Pruning is another way to keep your plant healthy and bushier. Moreover, pruning also enhances new growth and flower production in plants.

However, the pruning requirement of plants depends on the type of the plant.

Unlike pothos, Ruby Cascade, and other plants, Beefsteak Begonia does not require frequent pruning.

It is ideal for pruning them once in 1-2 years during fall or the end of summer when the flower stops blooming.

Prune your Beefsteak Begoniawith clean tools (Source: Pexels)
Prune your Beefsteak Begonia with clean tools (Source: Pexels)

Pruning them at the end of winter or spring might negatively affect the buds and flower production.

Here are a few things to take care of while pruning Beefsteak Begonia.

  • As Beefsteak Begonia is toxic, put on gloves while pruning.
  • Make sure you do not over-prune the plant. Chop off only 20-25% of the plant.
  • Cut should be made at the base of the leaf, the point in which the leaf and stalk meet.
  • Deadhead only dead, dried, discolored, older foliage and leggy stems.
  • Use sharp materials like pruning shears and scissors to ensure efficient cutting.
  • Always sterilize the instruments while pruning the plant. It helps to prevent the spread of pests and diseases, if there are any.

12. Potting and Repotting

Beefsteak Begonia likes to be slightly root-bound. However, it does not indicate, they thrive well if the root-bound is more.

Therefore, choosing too small a pot will suffocate your Begonia. Moreover, it might hinder the development of plants and cause stunted growth.

In contrast, it is again problematic if you choose an extra-large pot.

When the space is more, the plant invests most of its energy in root development, neglecting the shoot development.

Similarly, it takes time to dry soil in a larger pot, making it soggy. Soggy soil is the culprit for Beefsteak Begonia.

Generally, a 6-8 inches pot is ideal for Beefsteak Begonia. However, remember that a 6-inch pot is the smallest pot you can use for the plant.

Besides pot size, pot material also plays a role in the proper growth of plants. Therefore, I advise you to use a pot with a good number of drainage holes.

You can find a variety of pots in the market.  The pot materials differ in durability, accessibility, affordability, and aesthetical looks. Choose the one which you find is perfect.

I advise you to use terracotta pots for Beefsteak Begonia to support good drainage and aeration.

Beefsteak Begonia Potted in Terracotta Pot with a Saucer
Beefsteak Begonia Potted in Terracotta Pot with a Saucer

Repotting your Beefsteak Begonia

I have already mentioned Beefsteak Begonia likes to be slightly root-bound. Therefore, they do not require frequent repotting.

Generally, the ideal frequency to repot your Beefsteak Begonia is once in 1-2 years.

Besides, you can identify the time when your Beefsteak requires repotting.

When they need repotting, the plant exhibits tell-tell signs like stunted growth, discoloration of foliage, dull, leggy growth, etc.

Root Bound in plants
Root Bound in Plant (Source: Wikimedia)

Another easiest way to identify repotting requirements is by inspecting the drainage holes.

If you can see the roots extremely tangled through the drainage holes, then your plant might need repotting.

Tips to Repot Beefsteak Begonia

  • When it comes to repotting Begonia, I always say safety first. Put on gloves, masks, and goggles as they are toxic plants.
  • Take a container that has a good number of drainage holes. Ensure that the container is 2 inches larger in diameter and height than the earlier one.
  • The next thing to remember is the container should be clean. You can soak them in bleach or vinegar solutions for about 30 minutes. Then, wash off with clean water.
  • Now, remove the top 25% of the soil from the pot. Next, grab the stem base and take your Beefsteak Begonia out of the pot.
  • Loosen 50% of the soil.
  • Then, layer a few pebbles in the new container and half fill it with potting mix. Next, place your Beefsteak at the center and fill it with the potting mix from the sides.
  • Remember not to fill the potting mix to the brim. Instead, leave little space about an inch as you need to fertilize the plant in the future.
  • Now, water the plant thoroughly and leave it in a bright space.

13. Methods of Propagating Beefsteak Begonia

There are various alternatives when it comes to propagating Beefsteak Begonia.

However, the easiest way to propagate them is by the asexual method.

Generally, there are four different methods of propagating Beefsteak Begonia. They are;

  • Division of Rootballs
  • Stem cuttings
  • Leaf cuttings
  • Division of Rhizomes

A favorable environment is essential since propagation involves either adaptation to the new environment or new growth.

Therefore, spring and summer are the best time to propagate Beefsteak Begonia.

I advise you not to propagate Beefsteak Begonia during winters as they go under dormancy.

As the plant becomes dormant, propagating them becomes fairly difficult.

Propagating Beefsteak Begonia Via Root Ball Division

Division of the root ball is the easiest and fastest method of propagation.

As the new offset already has developed a root and shoot system, it is a highly efficient and successful method.

Beefsteak Begonia are rhizomatous plant. And, when the rhizome finds favorable conditions, it produces offsets.

Moreover, these offsets are capable of growing independently when separated.

Beefsteak Begonia
Propagation via Rootball division (Source: Pixels)

Interestingly, the plant propagates by the same method in the natural environment. If your Beefsteak Begonia is of medium to large size, it has already matured.

Such matured plant produces new sap from the sides of the mother plant. Therefore, you need to take the sap or sister plant along with the root ball.

Here are step by step guide to propagating Beefsteak Begonia via Root ball division;

Step 1: Take the plant out of the pot by gripping it from the base of the stem. Now, gently loosen about half of its soil.

Step 2: Inspect for the sister plants or offsets. You can find these plants attached to the mother plant through the rhizome.

Then, gently separate the offset from the mother plant like you divide an orange.

If you find it difficult to break the rhizome by hand, you can use a sterilized blade or knife.

Step 3: The plant thus obtained is now ready to be propagated. But, remember, the plant must consist of 2-3 leaves and rootball along with a few roots.

Now, apply antifungal or rooting power to the point where the rhizome is broken. However, the step is optional.

Pro Tip– Fresh Aloe vera gel and wild turmeric also have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. So, you can also apply them instead of commercial product.

Step 4: Now, you can pot the plant directly in the soil (Water thoroughly afterward), sphagnum moss, or LECA medium.

Besides, you can also propagate them in the water though water propagation is generally used for rooting.

Propagating Beefsteak Begonia Via Stem Cuttings

Although Beefsteak is a rhizomatous plant, it can easily be propagated via stem cuttings.

On the brighter side, it is also the easiest way of propagating Beefsteak.

Propagating Plant in water
Propagating stem cuttings in water (Source: Pexels)

To propagate Beefsteak Begonia via stem cuttings, follow the following steps.

Step 1: First, make an incision on the stem just under the leaf base. Make sure each cutting is at least 6-7 inches in length.

In addition, you need to use a sterilized sharp knife, blade, or pruning shears to make an incision without much harming the stem.

Step 2:  Now, you can propagate the stem cuttings. At this point, you can apply some rooting hormones. But, the step is optional.

Step 3: You can directly pot the cuttings in soil or sphagnum moss. However, water propagation is the best method for rooting.

If you propagate the stem cuttings in water, change the water once every 3-4 days.

Note:The cuttings will start to develop roots in one to three weeks.

Propagating Beefsteak Begonia Via Rhizomes/ Division of Rhizomes

To Propagate Beefsteak Begonia by Rhizome division, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Take the plant out from the pot. Then gently loosen half of its soil. You will need a mature Beefsteak to Propagate it Via Rhizomes.

Step 2: Now, inspect for long and matured rhizomes. Once you find the rhizomes, cut them off.

Then, you can divide the rhizomes into as many parts as you like. But, remember each part much be at least 1.5- 3 inches.

Step 3: Now, the obtained rhizome pieces are ready to be propagated. Gently press the rhizomes in the medium you are propagating.

However, remember that the bottom side should be placed down and the upper part exposed to the air.

Also, the rhizomes must be solid and hard, not mushy.

You can propagate them in soil, LECA, or sphagnum moss medium. Place the newly potted rhizomes in a bright area.

Generally, it will take 3-4 weeks to produce new Beefsteak from rhizomes. 

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14. Toxicity of Beefsteak Begonia

If you have Beefsteak or plan to have one, you need to be cautious.

Keeping your children and pets away from Beefsteak is necessary as it is poisonous.

The plant contains Soluble calcium oxalates, which, when injected, cause harm to humans, cats, dogs, and horses.

When injected by humans, it causes breathing difficulty, swollen lips, swollen tongue, nausea, vomiting, and burning sensation in the stomach.

While in the pets, it shows signs of drooling, pawing at the mouth, and vomiting.

Also, its sap might cause skin and eye irritation. Therefore, you need to keep them out of the reach of children and pets.

Cat sitting near indoor plant
Cat sitting near the indoor plant (Source: Pixabay)

If you or your children exhibit such symptoms, seek medical help as soon as possible.

Furthermore, in the case of pets, you can contact your local veterans or  Call the APCC at (888) 426-4435.

FAQs About Beefsteak Begonia

Is Beefsteak Begonia Rare?

Begonia Erythrophylla (Beefsteak Begonia) is a rare begonia as it is a hybridized variety.

Their characters are similar to tropical, subtropical, and temperate plants.

Moreover, it is not usually found in plant stores. So, if you have Beefsteak begonia, you must be a real plant fanatic.

How Long will my Potted Begonia Last?

Begonias generally do not have a long life span. However, if the variety is tuberous or rhizomatic, it lasts slightly longer.

We have already discussed that Beefsteak is a rhizomatous plant; they last slightly longer.

The potted Beefsteak usually lasts for 2-4 years if provided with better care.

In any case, you need not worry as you can easily propagate them.

Why does my Beefsteak Begonia have Brown Edges on the Leaves?

The most prominent reasons for brown edges on Beefsteak Begonia leaves are underwatering and low humidity.

However, extreme sun exposure and excessive fertilization might also cause brown edges on their leaves.

Brown Tip in Beefsteak Begonia
Brown Tip in Beefsteak Begonia

Conclusion

Growing Beefsteak Begonia is not a difficult task at all. All you need to care about is its requirements and nature.

A proper combination of light, nutrition, and other care demands can yield a lush and shiny plant.

Moreover, your Beefsteak Begonia does not shy away from taking the limelight.  They really cannot go unheeded and neglected.

Bring a Beefsteak if you do not have it yet. After all, why wait longer when you have already mastered its caring tips?

Finally, let Beefsteak Begonia grow as a center decor piece in your living space.

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