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**Begonia 'Ruby Slippers'** is a beautiful and striking plant known for its deep red, almost ruby-colored leaves. Here are some care tips to help your Begonia 'Ruby Slippers' thrive:

### Light
- **Bright, Indirect Light**: Begonia 'Ruby Slippers' prefers bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, while too little light can cause the colors to fade and the plant to become leggy.
- **Filtered Sunlight**: A spot near a north or east-facing window is ideal. If placed in a south or west-facing window, use sheer curtains to filter the light.

### Watering
- **Consistent Moisture**: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings.
- **Avoid Overwatering**: Overwatering can lead to root rot. Make sure the pot has good drainage to prevent water from accumulating at the bottom.

### Humidity
- **High Humidity**: This Begonia prefers higher humidity levels, ideally around 50-60% or more.
- **Increase Humidity**: Use a humidifier, place the plant on a tray with wet pebbles, or mist the leaves regularly, especially in dry indoor environments.

### Temperature
- **Warm Temperatures**: Ideal temperatures range from 60-75°F (15-24°C). Keep the plant away from cold drafts, heaters, and air conditioners.
- **Avoid Cold**: Begonia 'Ruby Slippers' is sensitive to cold and may suffer if exposed to temperatures below 50°F (10°C).

### Soil
- **Well-Draining Soil**: Use a light, well-draining potting mix. A mix of peat moss, perlite, and regular potting soil works well.
- **Slightly Acidic to Neutral pH**: Aim for a soil pH of 5.5 to 6.5.

### Fertilization
- **Balanced Fertilizer**: Feed with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer).
- **Reduce Fertilization in Winter**: Fertilize less frequently during the fall and winter months when the plant's growth slows down.

### Pruning and Maintenance
- **Regular Pruning**: Prune the plant to maintain its shape and remove any dead or yellowing leaves. This encourages bushier growth and prevents the plant from becoming leggy.
- **Deadheading**: Remove spent flowers to encourage new blooms and maintain the plant's appearance.

### Repotting
- **Repot Every 1-2 Years**: Repot the plant every 1-2 years or when it becomes root-bound. Choose a pot that is only slightly larger than the current one.
- **Refresh the Soil**: Repotting provides an opportunity to refresh the soil and provide new nutrients.

### Pests and Diseases
- **Watch for Pests**: Common pests include aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.
- **Prevent Diseases**: Good air circulation and proper watering practices help prevent fungal diseases like powdery mildew and root rot.

By following these care tips, your Begonia 'Ruby Slippers' should thrive and bring a splash of vibrant color to your indoor plant collection.

Begonia 'Ruby Slippers'

SKU: BegRubSlip
$8.00Price
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