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Sudden leaf drop on Begonia Maculata

Joshua G
5 years ago


I've had a Begonia Maculata for the past year, and up until this week everything has been going great. It has nearly tripled in size since I bought it, and how I care for it hasn't changed. It has well draining soil, nice indirect light it seemed to be happy with, and I water when top soil gets dry. However over the last week it has dropped 75% of it's leaves. This was it a week ago:

However over the last week it has dropped close to 75% of its leaves, and I am unsure why. It happened very quickly and about halfway through I checked to roots to make sure there was no root rot, and all of the roots seemed totally healthy. The one possible clue I have been noticing is some of the leaves that are dropping (not all) start to brown right around the stem before they drop, although the whole leaf never browns.

Here it is today:

Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated. This is one of my favorite plants and I would hate to totally lose it. Thanks in advance.

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