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docthrill

My daughter Sarah is @saguaro and my videos are posted on the app Candide, I’m plantdad-docthrill I Live in central California 👨🏻‍🌾

Begonia (Rex Cultorum Group) 'Raspberry Torte' syn. Begonia rex 'Raspberry Torte'

  • Season Icon Mid SpringMid Spring 2022
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docthrill

The shiny texture on this leaf is why we #begonia lovers buy them. #foliagefriday

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hebelover

That's a stunner 😍

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hkyfvr

Fantastic foliage 😍😍😍

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ShelleySnyder

Wow! 💘😍

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  • Season Icon Mid SpringMid Spring 2022
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docthrill

This is one of my oldest Begonias. I almost killed it once and yet here it is today. One of my favorite #begonias #newgrowth or the newest leaf #foliage #begonialove

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hkyfvr

Beautiful colours 💗💚

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hebelover

Stunning

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  • Season Icon Late WinterLate Winter 2022
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docthrill

This begonia lost all of its leaves this winter and has resurrected this spring. If you think your #begonias are dead, wait till spring before you toss them in the compost bin. 70 percent of the time there just dormant and will return come spring time. 😊 don’t murder your begonias, lol 😆

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emch

You just explained to me how I killed mine 😥😢😭😭

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hkyfvr

I did the same with the one I had. The leaves died one by one and I assumed it was my fault. Such a valuable lesson David. Thanks so much. 👍😍

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kylers

@docthrill question for you, do you continue to provide limited water for them if they are going/are dormant (stop them from completely drying out)

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docthrill

@kylers yes only watering them twice a month

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docthrill

@emch and @hkyfvr just consider it a lesson learned and keep trying. Now if the start loosing leaves in the spring and early summer, you’re probably over watering them. Remember water from below and have a water meter to know there water levels. Let them almost dry out before watering again. I do remember you telling me you tossed your Raspberry Tort Eileen. Funny 😄 but not funny

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hkyfvr

Thanks David. Yes I tossed my Kit Kat in fall after the leaves died off one by one. Or so I thought. Now I will try again. Can you suggest a good one to start over with ?

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docthrill

@hkyfvr Rex Begonia Casy Corwin, Rex Begonia Jurassic Silver Swirl, Begonia Looking Glass, Begonia Gryphon, Rex Begonia Harmony Red Robin. All of these I’ve named are very hardy. Just can’t over water them. You need a water meter and only water them just before they dry out. I water mine in a water tray and just a dab of water in the top.

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hkyfvr

Thanks so much for all the info. I will be on the lookout for one of these hopefully well before Winter 👍😍

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docthrill

Glad I could help Diane @hkyfvr

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  • Season Icon Mid SpringMid Spring 2021
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docthrill

How about now Eileen @emch she’s starting to put her raspberry tort dress on #survivor I knew spring would make a big difference. #begoniasaurusrex #interestingfoliage

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emch

*pangs of begonia envy*

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  • Season Icon Early SpringEarly Spring 2021
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docthrill

The leaf on the left is its original color. I almost killed it 6 or so, months ago and it has come back to life. Shiny under flash

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  • Season Icon Late WinterLate Winter 2021
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docthrill

One of my first begonias and I almost killed it, but with a little love and care she’s coming back strong. That makes me very happy so she will be beautiful again

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emch

And in turn this looks not at all like the "Raspberry Torte" I killed deader than Elvis. The leaves had a broad pink picotee -- no spots -- and more of the same pink in the middle of each leaf, which had an arresting swirled shape like unto "Escargot." Except for the tattery edges...

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docthrill

It did have all the look of raspberry tort until I almost killed it. These are all new leaves witch makes it hard to ID until they mature to size. @emch you were the one who helped me find the name before it wilted. I’ve also learned recently if you think your begonia is dead it just might be dormant, as long as the stem or rizome looks good, new leaves will grow back

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emch

What about attacks by marauding kittens though?

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docthrill

Lol, I remember, your black mamba, has those leaf cuttings from that incident take root yet ? I’ve read that black mamba is really hardy and propagate easy

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emch

They look like dooky, frankly, @docthrill as do the pieces they broke off "Cathedral."

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docthrill

That sucks, kind of the price you have to pay for with kitties 🐈‍⬛ they’ll calm down when they get about 3yrs old, lol 😂 @emch

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docthrill

Two new tiny leaves. I feel so much better now that it’s producing leaves. Getting good with Begonias. Trickier than most plants

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  • Season Icon Late AutumnLate Autumn 2020
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docthrill

The leaves are standing on there own again. I feel so much better knowing it’s going to make it. #rex-begonia-raspberry-tort #survivor #yay #beautiful-foliage

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emch

This was one of the first rexes I ever owned. I killed it very quickly through ignorance. So glad to see yours is thriving #begoniasaurusrex #greatcolor #interestingfoliage

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docthrill

Me too @emch Eileen it’s my second Rex resurrection and it feels pretty good. #begoniasaurusrex

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hkyfvr

Thanks goodness it is looking better. Happy for the Rex and for you 💕💕😊

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