Begonia Maculata Wightii (Polka Dot Begonia)

18,00

incl. vat

Begonia Maculata Wightii, also known as Polka Dot Begonia, is known for its dramatic dark green leaves that look like angel’s or bat wings and silver dots. It’s an upright-cane type begonia native to Brazil. The bottom of the leaf is dark red what makes the plant even more picturesque. Its a vigorous grower that needs a well draining soil.

The plant is approximately 25cm tall in a 12cm plastic nursery pot.

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Description

Begonia Maculata Wightii, also known as Polka Dot Begonia, is known for its dramatic dark green leaves that look like angel’s or bat wings and silver dots. It’s an upright-cane type begonia native to Brazil.

Care tips

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Light 

All Begonias types just need a good bright location out of direct sunlight and they’re all set to grow, look beautiful and flower happily. The flowering types struggle in dark or very poorly lit areas where as the Begonias grown purely for foliage fair a little better. No Begonia will be happy for very long if exposed to direct harsh sunlight, so this needs to be avoided. 

WATER

Begonia problems in the majority of cases can be traced back to a watering issue, either too much or too little and often it’s the former. They of course need water like any houseplant, especially when growing strongly, but as soon as you give too much the problems start. They rot easily and diseases like Botrytis can strike. The soil needs to dry out a little between each watering, so when in doubt about whether to water again wait a few more days. 

HUMIDITY

Begonias do prefer humid locations if given the choice and will often struggle in very dry arid places in your home, such as near fireplaces and by radiators. The normal ways you might increase humidity such as misting the leaves or placing your plant in a steamy bathroom will often not work well, because Begonias dislike intense constant moisture on their leaves. Instead your choice of placement is more important. 

FERTILIZER

 They can be hungry plants at certain times of the year, so it’s a good idea to feed your Begonia when it’s growing and flowering. Once every month during this period is probably realistic and a good approach to take. If you’ve a tuberous type look for a feed high in potash / potassium to support the blooms. If you’ve another type of Begonia a standard houseplant feed is perfect. TEMPERATURE

The normal usual home temperatures are fine for all Begonias and they aren’t overly fussy about occasional highs or lows in temperature. Although you must avoid any prolonged exposure to temperatures which are approaching freezing. 

REPOTTING 

Young plants and cuttings will need repotting as they grow, but established plants will only need repotting every couple of years at most. This is primarily to refresh the growing medium, rather than due to their expanding root growth. The Rhizomatous Begonias should be grown in shallow rather than deeps pots, because their roots stay near the soil surface and deep pots will only encourage watering problems. 

PROPAGATION 

You can propagate quite simply through stem/cane cuttings or in some case through leaf cuttings. Rhizomatous and Cane Begonias often have creeping stems that grow close to the soil surface forming roots as they do so. This means you can remove a section of the stem complete with roots. Pot up in a new container with similar potting mix to the parent and lay the cutting on the moist soil surface, burying it slightly, and in a few weeks you should have signs of new growth.

Delivery Time

Germany 1-3 days

For all other countries delivery time can range from 3-10 days.

At the moment we are processing the orders on Mondays only – so if you order from us on a Wednesday it won’t be processed until the following Monday.