Begonia maculata is one of the most exciting begonias. The undersides of its leaves are a dark red, and the upper side is olive green with silver dots.
During the flowering season (spring to autumn) Begonia maculata produces white flowers in a cluster on a single flower stem. It is relatively fast growing. Native to Brazil.
Light: The Begonia needs sunlight but keep it away from the harsh afternoon sun. An eastern window sill is ideal.
Temperature: Maintain a room temperature of 18 – 22 C with humidity preferably above 50%.
Water: Thoroughly water the soil until some water runs out of the bottom of the pot, but allow it to dry before re-watering. Never let the plant sit in standing water. Do not overwater because the Begonia family are particularly susceptible to root rot.
Fertilising: Begonia maculata benefits from being fertilised regularly 2 or 3 times a month and likes a bit of acidic soil. Use a balanced houseplant fertiliser.
Potting: The best soil is a mixture of sand, clay, loam.
Propagation: It is easy to propagate the Begonia maculata from cuttings.
Toxicity: All species of begonia are toxic to pets
I ordered my polka dot begonia from this seller. I received a healthy plant which was carefully packed. It has four stems with supporting sticks. Begonia maculata is a fast-growing plant if it cared adequately. It almost doubled its size in a short period of time. You can see the plant in the featured photo above.