NOTE: The terms Strawberry begonia and Saxifraga stolonifera are identical in this text; in reality, Saxifraga stolonifera is Strawberry begonia’s biological word.
There are strawberry begonias that are native to Asia. Plants send out runners that end in clusters of rounded leaves as they mature. They form a very interesting display of leaves when grown indoors and allowed to hang over the edge. Similar to the outdoor gardeners who use them as ground cover, you can allow the leaf runners to scatter on the floor.
They will form a clump of plantlets at the base of the container. When the runners start to look a little cluttered, you can easily take plants from other plants and give them to your friends or use them to start new plants.
Why does my Saxifraga stolonifera roots have rot?
Root rot on your Strawberry begonia (Saxifraga stolonifera) can be dangerous if left untreated. In order to keep your plant alive, we strongly suggest that you follow our advice if the signs start to show: blackened and mushy roots.
Why does my Strawberry begonia have gray mold spots?
A particular fungus known as gray mold spots spreads quickly and frequently damages flowers. This fungus is probably to blame if you see any brown (or gray) spots. If you disregard these warning signs, your plant could die.
The answer is obvious once you recognize the cause of the problem. Most frequently, it results from the Saxifraga stolonifera being overwatered. We strongly advise you to remove the damaged plant parts, cut off the diseased roots and leaves, and then repot your plant in a new container with sterile potting soil.
Why does my Strawberry begonia have leaf spots?
We provide you with all the information you need to identify and save your plants if they display signs like leaves that suddenly change color or wilt/droop. This sort of sickness is one of the most aggravating for Strawberry begonia owners.
Why are my Strawberry begonia leaves turning yellow?
In the world of horticulture, yellowing leaves are undoubtedly the most common problem. The two main causes of this problem are overwatering and a lack of nutrition.
When it’s overwatering, simply reduce your watering frequency, and if you think it’s a nutrient deficiency, here’s how to check it:
Each deficiency produces a different yellowing on the Saxifraga stolonifera in question, here’s how to spot them:
- Magnesium deficiency starts as yellow patches between leaf veins on older leaves. Veins stay green as yellow moves from the leaf center out. Leaf edges turn yellow last.
- Iron deficiency also shows as yellowing between leaf veins, but it hits young leaves on plant tops and branch tips first.
- Sulfur deficiency starts with the newest leaves, turning them yellow throughout.
- Leaf edges turning bright yellow but inside leaf remaining green are signs of potassium insufficiency. The symptoms first appear on older leaves, and the leaf edges quickly become dark.
- Nitrogen deficiency shows up as a general yellowing. Older, inner leaves turn yellow first. As it progresses, yellowing moves outward, eventually reaching young leaves, too.
According to the symptoms mentioned above, you just have to act accordingly. You can reduce your watering frequency, or fix a deficiency in Potassium, or Nitrogen, for that, you just have to buy a special soil for your deficiency, a consultant in a gardening store will know perfectly well how to inform you.
Is my Strawberry begonia sunburned?
It is simple to determine whether your Strawberry begonia (your Saxifraga stolonifera) has sunburn. Your plant will change color in this instance, beginning to turn yellow or white, much like it does on us.
As we saw above, the leaves of your Strawberry begonia can also change color if it receives too much water or insufficient light.
To find out if the yellow leaves have been sunburned, look at the part of the bottom that is tinted closer to the base. The yellow leaf is probably burnt and not something else if this portion stays greener.
Why are my Strawberry begonia leaves turning brown?
Most of the time, leaves of a Strawberry begonia that turn brown is a sign that your plant has been sunburned, it has probably been exposed to too much direct sunlight. Don’t panic, your plant probably won’t die from this, but its growth will take a hit.
Should I leave my Saxifraga stolonifera in direct sunlight?
No! If your Saxifraga stolonifera (or Strawberry begonia) has the symptoms described above, don’t leave it in direct sunlight, that’s the reason why your Strawberry begonia is in such a state!
The remedy, as said in the paragraph above, is simple: just move your plant’s Strawberry begonia out of direct sunlight. Your plant should swiftly re-grow with this strategy and appropriate watering.
Why are my Saxifraga stolonifera leaves drooping or wilting ?
This typically occurs when your Saxifraga stolonifera gets dehydrated. Large plants are more at risk since they naturally require more water than smaller plants.
An easy way to know if your Saxifraga stolonifera is lacking water is to under-weigh its pot, if it looks light, it means that the soil and the roots are probably quite dry, and therefore need water!
In order to ensure that the roots of your plant receive the water’s benefits, you must first moisten the soil in the container if it is absolutely dry. One common error is to immediately drown the Strawberry begonia after a dry period in the belief that it requires a lot of water.
This is true, but the easiest way to end it is to give too much water at once. Instead, you should water the soil properly, returning to a peaceful watering rhythm.
Caring Tips for Saxifraga stolonifera
Water is necessary for your plant to live, but timing and amount of watering must be balanced. Overwatering could have disastrous effects on your own name, as we already mentioned.
Touching the soil will let you know whether your plant needs water or not; if it still feels damp, it’s generally best to wait a few more days.
Always keep temperatures stable
Maintaining a consistent temperature for your Saxifraga stolonifera is also a good idea, especially if it is kept indoors. At GreenShack, we typically advise reserving a temperature between 65 and 85 degrees F. Of course, avoid positioning your Saxifraga stolonifera close to air conditioners, radiators, or other sources of hot or cold air.
Keep your Strawberry begonia Dust-Free
This one concerns indoor plants, just like on your furniture, dust is also deposited on the leaves of your indoor plants, the problem is that it can prevent them from receiving the necessary light, this would slow down (or even stop) the photosynthesis process, and eventually, they would lose their colors.
This would be a true journey into hell for your Strawberry begonia and would also satisfy the pests.
To remove the dust from the leaves of your plant, take a microfiber cloth and gently rub the leaves. You can wet the cloth to make it easier to remove the dust, but never use corrosive products (such as rubbing alcohol!)
Keep drainage in mind
If you have a tendency to overwater, you should be mindful of your drainage, and if they don’t already have them, we suggest selecting a saucer and a pot with drainage holes.
You can add volcanic rocks (or any other pebbles with holes) to the bottom of your pot in the interim if your pots don’t already have holes in them. This will help to form a channel so that the water doesn’t pool there for too long (preventing the rot of the roots!).