We love the spotted Begonia Maculata, otherwise known as the polka dot plant, with its quirky silvery-white spots and deep red leaf underside. It adds personality to any plant collection and can grow to a meter in about 5 years under the right conditions. It also requires a reasonable level of care, making it an ideal house plant for those who want to develop their green fingers.
- Acidic/neutral soil
- Well draining soil
- Bright indirect sunlight
- Temperature 18-30 degrees Celsius
- High humidity >45%
- Pot size 12cm wide
- Foliage evergreen
Believe it or not, those silvery-white spots on the Begonia Maculata are real! We think it's nature at her most playful.
This evergreen Begonia has beautiful angle wing leaves. It's native to Brazil and loves the heat, filtered light and moist soil conditions.
Our Begonia's are about 20cm tall. If you want to keep a compact look, you'll want to prune her back at least twice a year.
You'll want to keep the soil generally moist, but very well drained so the roots don't become saturated with water.
Your Begonia will love humidity - a good misting or humidifier will help to keep humidity high. Be careful to look out for any bacterial or mildew build-up that will thrive in these moist, hot conditions though.
The Begonia Maculata will appreciate the morning sun more than a hot afternoon sun. Keep in a bright, south or west facing window that gets indirect sunlight.
You'll need to keep a warm room temperature of between 18-30 degrees to keep your Begonia happy too, but it can be grown outside during warm summer weather conditions.
The Begonia does well in sand, clay or loam soil that is acidic or neutral. A houseplant potting mix will work well, with additional perlite to improve drainage.
During the growing season, your Begonia will need to have a balanced liquid fertilizer at alternative waterings.
Look to re-pot annually to keep your plant happy and healthy.
During the summer flowering season, under the right conditions you'll see small clusters of while flowers with yellow centers blooming from a single stem. Otherwise, this evergreen plant will give you year-round colour.