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Begonia 'Maculata'

Begonia 'Maculata'

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Common Name(s): Polka Dot Begonia

Botanical Name: Begonia Maculata

Begonia Maculata Description

The Begonia Maculata, commonly known as the Polka Dot Begonia, is a stunningly unique plant known for its eye-catching foliage. It is prized for its large, angel wing-shaped leaves that are deep green with bright, silvery-white spots, giving it the "polka dot" moniker. The undersides of the leaves are a rich red, adding to its visual appeal. This begonia is not only a favorite for its decorative leaves but also for its occasional clusters of delicate white flowers. It grows upright on bamboo-like stems and can reach substantial heights if cared for properly.

Care Plan for Begonia Maculata

Light: The Polka Dot Begonia thrives in bright, indirect light. It can tolerate some direct sunlight, especially in the morning or late afternoon, but too much direct sun can scorch the leaves. A north or east-facing window covered with a sheer curtain is ideal.

Watering: Water this begonia when the top inch of soil feels dry. It prefers consistent moisture but is sensitive to overwatering. Ensure that your pot has excellent drainage to avoid soggy soil, which can lead to root rot. Reduce watering in the winter when the plant's growth naturally slows.

Humidity: Begonia Maculata loves high humidity, which can be challenging to maintain in many homes. Use a humidifier, mist the plant regularly, or place the pot on a tray filled with pebbles and water to increase the surrounding humidity.

Temperature: Keep temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C). Avoid drafts and sudden temperature changes, as Begonias are sensitive to cold.

Child and Pet Safety: Begonia Maculata is toxic if ingested. Its sap contains oxalate crystals that can irritate the mouth, throat, and stomach of pets and humans. It's best to keep this plant out of reach of children and pets.

General Tips: Fertilize every two weeks during the growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer, diluted to half the recommended strength. Prune regularly to encourage bushier growth and prevent the plant from becoming leggy. Remove any dead or yellowing leaves to keep the plant healthy and attractive.

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