Begonia ‘Escargot’ is snail-like with its hand-sized, high contrast, silver and deep green variegation. ‘Escargot’ is a tender, but strong-growing rhizomatic rex hybrid Begonia. It forms a dense clump, 12″x12″. Warmth and humidity-loving, you can grow it outdoors best in a container, when and where you have those conditions. Otherwise, grow it as a houseplant, with a twice-a-week watering and regular fertilizing. Cut back to soil level to rejuvenate.
Using room temperature water, keep the soil evenly moist (never soggy) when the plants are actively growing, but allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings when growth slows.
Keep water off of the foliage to help avoid powdery mildew and possible crown rot. Never allow your plant to stand in water. Feed actively growing plants every two weeks with a fertilizer formulated for house plants, applied at the recommended rates. Iron Cross Begonias thrive with daytime temperatures of 70° and 60°-65° at night. They will perish at temperatures below 55° Provide additional humidity by setting the plants on shallow trays filled with moistened pebbles, especially during the winter months.