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Spotted Begonia

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Begonia maculata

KNOWN AS: Polka Dot Begonia, Trout Begonia, Angel Wing Begonia, 'Wightii'

CLIMATE (LOCATION): Southern Africa | Tropical & Subtropical

DESCRIPTION: This is a very cheerful little plant. People know it because of its 'angel wing' leaves. These leaves have silver polka dots and red undersides. They grow on upright stems, usually in clusters or clumps. They can grow quite tall!

Spotted Begonia Care

Watering
Water your plants thoroughly, but make sure to let the top inch or two dry out before watering again. In winter, be careful not to water too much.
Lighting
Your Spotted Begonia likes a lot of light. It will do well with bright, indirect light, but can handle brief exposure to direct light. If it's in a lower light condition, you will need to adjust how much you water it and expect it to look thin and stretched out.
Humidity
Your Spotted Begonia will do well in average room humidity, but it will thrive in higher humidity levels, especially during the summer or in hot, dry conditions. You can also mist your begonia occasionally to help keep it clean and free of dust.
Temperature
This plant is adaptable to average indoor temperatures, but it will not accept exposure to cold drafts or dry heat from vents. The leaves are likely to wilt dramatically and begin to yellow.
Toxicity
Spotted Begonia leaves can cause irritation in the mouth and stomach if ingested, and may also cause vomiting.
Propagation
If you prune a leggy Spotted Begonia, you can propagate it by taking a cutting from the top of the stem. Trim the stem back if needed, leaving a section with 3-4 leaves. Remove the lower leaves so there is a clear stem before rooting in water or another medium. Once the roots are a few inches long, you can pot up your new Spotted Begonia!
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Spotted Begonia Lighting Requirements: Medium Light (Medium Indirect Light) to High Light (Bright Indirect Light)

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