Polka Dot Begonia
(Begonia Maculata)
Light:
Polka Dot Begonias thrive in bright, indirect light. Prolonged exposure to bright direct sunlight may burn and scorch their leaves.
Water:
Polka Dot Begonias enjoy weekly waterings, keeping their soil moist. However, Begonias are particularly susceptible to root rot, so ensure that you allow excess water to fully drain when you water your plant. In winter, feel free to water your Polka Dot Begonia less frequently - when you feel the top of the soil begins to dry. Their leaves start to droop when they need water, so you may also use that as an indicator.
Humidity:
Polka Dot Begonias prefer a humid environment, which you can create by clustering your plants. Avoid misting to raise humidity levels as Begonias are prone to powdery mildew.
Temperature:
Your Begonia enjoys warmer temperatures between 18-22ºC, but as long room temperature doesn’t drop below 15º it shouldn’t suffer. Avoid abrupt temperature changes, cold drafts, or placing it near a radiator.
Fertiliser:
Feed your Polka Dot Begonia with general houseplant fertiliser every 3-4 weeks during the during the growing season to encourage growth and more regular blooms (spring to summer).
Toxicity:
Polka Dot Begonias are toxic to both people and animals - keep away from small children and pets.
Additional Care Information:
You can easily propagate your Begonia in water from a stem and leaf cutting. Make sure you cut just below a node on the stem.
The lower leaves and flowers on Begonias naturally wilt and dry out over time, make sure you prone them off to encourage new leaves and flowers.
Troubleshooting:
  • Yellowing or spotting leaves: suggests your Polka Dot Begonia has been overwatered. Make sure you properly drain your plant when watering and that you allow its top-soil to dry out during winter.
  • Browning edges of leaves: indicates your plant has been scorched by direct sunlight. Make sure it receives bright, but indirect sunlight.