Begonia Maculata

Regular price $29.00
Unit price
Begonia Maculata
Begonia Maculata

Begonia Maculata

Regular price $29.00
Unit price

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Product Description

Begonia Maculata   

Product Details
  • Light – Bright, indirect light
  • Water – Keep moist  
  • Difficulty – Intermediate
  • Pet Rating – Toxic
Size Chart

Grow pot plant sizes: small [4” ], medium [6”], large [8”], extra-large [10”] – All these are diameter measurements

Corresponding pot measurements: small [5-6” pot], medium [7-8” pot], large [9-11” pot], extra large [11-13” pot]

Plant Care

BOTANICAL NAME: Begonia rex-cultorum

COMMON NAME: Painted-leaf begonia, Fancy-leaf begonia

ORIGIN: Eastern Asia

GOOD FOR: Intermediate plant parents

HEIGHT: 12-18 inches tall, similar width

LIGHT: Bright, indirect light. They can tolerate lower light conditions, and will grow well under fluorescent lights. Leaf color may fade if the leaves are in too much direct light.  

WINDOW PREFERENCE: East or North windows work best.

WATER: The Begonia likes to stay consistently moist, but not soggy.  Once the top 2 inches of soil is dry, water around the base of the plant until you see water draining from the bottom of the pot. At this point you can stop. Bottom watering will work well to avoid wetting the leaves. 

HUMIDITY: Will thrive in a humid environment, but does not like direct misting. Avoid getting water on the leaves, as this encourages a powdery mildew.  Keep on a pebble tray or use a humidifier. If you’re a plant collector, you can also group it together with a few other plants for some self-made humidity.

TEMPERATURE: Prefers temperatures between 60-70 degrees. Keep away from drafts and heat vents.

SOIL / REPOTTING: Needs a loose, well-draining, aerated soil. Adding organic matter, such as peat moss, coco peat or sphagnum moss will help the soil retain the moisture it needs for lush growth. Rex Begonias are rhizomatous plants that grow from a shallow and knobby rhizome. They will do well in larger, shallow containers that allow the rhizome to spread. As long as the rhizome has room to grow there is no need to repot. As soon as it fills the pot, it should be repotted in a larger container with fresh soil. At the time of repotting, you can divide the rhizome to grow a new plant. A newly potted plant should not be soaked, but kept moist and warm.

PLANT FOOD: In spring and summer, feed once a month. We recommend using Joyful Dirt Houseplant Plant Food. Stop feeding in fall and winter due to slower growth and dormancy.

PRUNING: Prune away any dry or dead leaf.     

PESTS: Keeping leaves clean and dust free will help prevent pest infestations. Mealybugs and spider mites are possible infestations to look out for. 

TOXICITY: Toxic to pets and children

ANGRY PLANT PROBLEMS: Dry leaves -  a sign of overwatering. If soil is soggy, repot with new, fresh soil. Check the roots, to ensure they have not started to rot.  Silver or grey spores – avoid getting water on the leaves as begonias are very susceptible to mildew.

Please Note

Orders can be scheduled for pickup at Nan's Rustic Kitchen and Market in Stow, MA during checkout. We are not able to ship live plants at this time.

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