Reasons a Beefsteak Begonia Plant Should Be Part of Your Home or Office Décor 

The beefsteak begonia is a 200-year-old hybrid plant that has been warming the hearts of plant owners for just as long as it’s been alive. And while it’s traditionally a warm-weather plant, more and more people are growing this lovely flowering plant in their homes even in colder regions.

As long as you can keep up with some light watering and bright, indirect sunlight, you can keep this greenery in your home or office for as long as you love it – which will most likely be a long, long time.

A Beefsteak Begonia Plant Is Good for Homes and Offices

A Beefsteak Begonia Plant Is Good for Homes and Offices

With big, lily pad-looking leaves that have stark red undersides, the beefsteak begonia loves to sit on a table or desk near a window and be admired all year long. Then, in the springtime, this Erythrophylla will bloom tiny pastel pink blossoms with even tinier yellow centers. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.

An interesting point of conversation is that this plant is a rhizome, which sprouts from the soil and trails along the surface – yet another piece of this plant to admire.

As an added benefit, the beefsteak begonia is great for the air. It will absorb household toxins then release oxygen at night while you sleep. You might even want to keep this lovely next to your bed.

Are Beefsteak Begonia Plants Good for the Feng Shui Flow of a Room?

As if that wasn’t enough, this rhizome offers tremendous feng shui energy. The begonia encourages serenity for your home or office, oozing peace and a state of bliss just having this amazing plant around. Keep it in a room facing north, and you will be promoting professional fortune as well as personal growth.

For those interested in learning more about feng shui practices, check out this master class article on how to use feng shui.

Are Beefsteak Begonia Plants Easy to Grow and Maintain?

Beefsteak begonia plants do not require much in the way of care and maintenance. All it takes is a little water, a little sunshine, and a little love.

How Do Beefsteak Begonia Plants Grow?

The begonia calls for regular watering during summer and less frequent watering during the colder months. It needs a bit of indirect sunlight and a bit of fertilizer. All in all, it’s a great plant to have around and does not require much of your attention.

What Kind of Soil Does a Beefsteak Begonia Plant Need?

You can keep this plant happy with a light indoor houseplant soil broken up with some orchid bark to ensure it doesn’t hold onto moisture.

How Much Light Does a Beefsteak Begonia Plant Need?

The beefsteak begonia calls for bright, indirect sunlight for at least a few hours each day. You’ll know you’ve provided too much sunlight if the leaves start crisping and browning, and you’ll need to provide more sunlight if the leaves start to get dull and lifeless.

It may take several attempts to get conditions right for your plant, but don’t give up; you’re sure to get it right.

How Much Water Does a Beefsteak Begonia Plant Need?

The beefsteak begonia needs regular watering during the warmer months, often more than once a week. Then, during the colder months, you can scale back to two or three times each month.

To get a sense of the watering needs of your plant, simply stick your finger into the soil and check for moisture. If you feel moisture, you can leave your plant for now. If you don’t feel any moisture at all in the top 2 inches of your soil, you can water the plant thoroughly until water runs through the bottom of the pot.

For more information on watering plants, check out my other article for signs, tips, and tricks to avoid watering mistakes.

Other Conditions that Are Important to a Beefsteak Begonia Plant

Know that your beefsteak begonia plant can grow up to a foot and a half tall, and all those leaves and stems can attract common pests like whiteflies, scale, and mealybugs. If you notice your plant has any of these, or other, pests, you can spray your plant liberally with neem oil until the pests go away.

Further, if you notice your plant getting leggy and pushing out of the pot, you can simply cut a leaf from the stem, push it into fresh soil, and water it thoroughly. Keep the soil moist until the plant starts actively growing, and you’ll have two beefsteak begonias.

Beefsteak Begonia Plant Decorating Ideas

Because this foliage grows so big and bright with its startlingly delicate pink blossoms, you’ll want to place it somewhere it will get plenty of attention.

Of course, you’ll also want to keep it near a bright window, and because its feng shui energy is calming, you might want to keep it in a room where lots of conversations take place.

You might also consider surrounding this plant with softer, even more delicate, plants to offset the big, weighty leaves of the beefsteak.

Do Fake Beefsteak Begonia Plants Look Real?

Do Fake Beefsteak Begonia Plants Look Real

Ultimately, if you find the beefsteak begonia is just too much work, you might want to invest in a fake version instead. Those big, shiny, waxy leaves of the beefsteak begonia already look fake, so opting for artificial instead of real is a seamless transition. It will look like the real thing and offer all the positive feng shui benefits as well.

And if you’re wondering if artificial plants are even in style, check out my piece on whether artificial plants and flowers are tacky.

Whichever way you swing, real or fake, you can’t go wrong with a beefsteak begonia plant. You’ll love having it in your atmosphere, and anyone else who encounters it will appreciate this interesting and fun conversation piece.

Do you have a beefsteak begonia plant in your home or office? How do you care for it? Where do you keep it? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.

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