A species grown as a houseplant - with bicolor leaves.
Common name : Polka dot begonia
Scientific name : Begonia maculata
Family : Begoniaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Begonia maculata is without doubt one of the most beautiful species begonias, loved for its striking spots on its leaves. The undersides of the leaves are a dark purplish red, forming a dramatic contrast with the green upper surfaces, and it produces large white flowers that grow in clusters on a single flower stem.
30 - 150
6.5 - 7.2
Identify my begonia maculata
The Begonia maculata can be recognized by:
Its leaves are asymmetrical, elongated, with a pointed end. These are marked with regular white dots, and their back is reddish.
The stems are straight, with bulging ramification.
This plant has a rather erect development, and can reach up to 1.5 m.
Plant my begonia maculata
You must have a slightly sunny indoor location, or semi shade. Be careful, the scorching sun damages the leaves.
Plant in a pot whose volume corresponds to the foliage volume of your plant, or even bigger. Spread a layer of pebbles or clay balls at the bottom.
Half fill the pot with potting soil, place your plant, then place the potting soil on the edges, packing well. Once the container is full, sprinkle gently, let the water run out, then empty the cup.
Water my begonia maculata
Water seedlings and young plants in fine mist, maintaining the soil always moist - if in a pot make sure you use drainage pots.
Repot my begonia maculata
For plants of one year or more:
Repot your begonia after two years in a larger container. Scrape the outside of the clod for to aerate it, then transplant it in a mixture of fibrous compost or potting soil with some loam. Sprinkle.
Put outside my begonia maculata
Your cane-stemmed begonia will be very happy outside on sunny days! Acclimate it little by little in the sun.
Shelter my begonia maculata
Enter your begonia - which is afraid of freezing - inside. Remove all fruits loaded with seeds, damaged leaves, and install it behind a bay window not necessarily sunny - the morning sun is enough.
After a few weeks of acclimatization during which you water very moderately, it should start growing again and even bloom.