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Begonia Maculata

Begonia Maculata

A popular addition to our plant family here at Anna’s - Do you recognize it? The Begonia Maculata! Commonly known as the Polka Dot begonia, is a captivating beauty admired for its olive-green foliage adorned with striking silvery-white spots and crimson-colored undersides.

Originating from the tropical forests of Brazil, this angel-winged cane begonia thrives in warm conditions, filtered bright light, and consistent moisture. As a cane begonia, its sturdy stems retain some water, emphasizing the importance of avoiding overwatering. Caring for the Begonia Maculata is generally ‘easy’ for a new or experienced plant parent, except for its particular sensitivity to humidity. To keep your Begonia thriving, choose a location that replicates the steamy environment of its native habitat.

Care & Maintenance for Begonia Maculata: 

  • Light: Bright, indirect light. Higher light levels will promote strong growth and blooms, but avoid direct sunlight.
  • Water: Keep the soil moist, letting the top half-inch of the soil dry out between watering. 
  • Fertilizer: Balanced water-soluble fertilizer 2-4 weeks when the plant is actively growing.
  • Humidity & Temperature: High humidity is important for plants happiness (>45% ideally). Happiest in 65°F (18°C) – 86°F (30°C).
  • Maintenance: Prune back at least twice per year to maintain compact growth. 
  • Blooming: Your begonia may produce clusters of white flowers from spring to fall. Repot annually in the spring to help promote growth.
Toxicity: Toxic to pets and people if ingested.

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