Indoor Begonia Plant Care Guide

I have a begonia with dark wax leaves and white flowers. I have them each year on my porch and enjoy them. We, in Missouri, have cold winters and I have never tried to winter a plant. We have ultraviolet screening on each window so I don’t usually try to have house plants. I would like to try to have begonias year round. I am NOT well versed in flowers, just like to look at them. Please help, Begonias for Dummies is my levelThese are general guidelines that describe how poisonous certain houseplants are. It's possible for an allergic reaction to occur from contact with any houseplant, toxic or non-toxic. If there is ever a concern, call: Poison Control Center: ******1-800-222-1222****** Level #1: Houseplants with low toxicity, may be mildly irritating, especially the sap of the plant. Level#2: Houseplants with medium to severe toxicity. Eating parts of these houseplants may result in vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pains, skin irritations, and breathing difficulties. Level #3: These houseplants are  very poisonous. When eaten, especially in large quantities,  severe vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pains, skin irritations, and breathing difficulties can occur. Level #4: These houseplants are extremely poisonous. Eating parts of these houseplants can be be life threatening. Every plant listed in our Popular HousePlant guide has a section explaining whether or not it is poisonous and, if so, how poisonous. Amaryllis, alocasia, dieffenbachias, crotons, ivies, azaleas, lilies, and philodendrons are just a few of the highly poisonous plants we use in our homes and offices all of the time. If you don't know whether your houseplant is poisonous, go to Ask Judy on the website, send her a picture of your plant, and she'll let you know if the houseplant should be kept away from small children and pets. See colorful pictures and get more information about poisonous houseplants in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants  .

Hi Louan,

Pink, red, orange flowers on begonia plant

Flowering Begonia Plant

You can certainly bring your begonias indoors for the winter. If your house is not very bright, you will probably need to get a grow light for your begonias. Also do not feed begonia plants in the winter and give them much less water. They will not grow much since this is their dormant period but should stay looking good until you can bring them back outside when temperatures are above 60°.

These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. (Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants)

I’m not sure what kind of begonias you have, but you can read about indoor plant care for begonia rex and regular begonias in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.