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Painted-Leaf Begonia 'Maori Haze'

Begonia rex 'Maori Haze'

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Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H1b

RHS hardiness

10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A pot of Begonia 'Maori Haze' plants
A pot of Begonia 'Maori Haze' plant

Painted-Leaf Begonia 'Maori Haze' Overview

Begonia rex 'Maori Haze' produces a beautiful mound of silver and mauve leaves. These are edged with a darker red, and the undersides are flushed with red. Can reach 30cm tall. This evergreen rhizome perennial prefers partial shade making them a perfect houseplant that gives all year interest. In summer these Begonia can also produce white, pink-flushed flowers held above the leaves of erect thin stems. They prefer slightly acid, rather than alkaline, soil and appreciate regular watering during the growing season, but they don't like to be too wet in winter. This cultivar is protected under intellectual property laws by Plant Breeders' Rights. These provide the breeder of new plants exclusive control over the plant material for a set amount of time.

Common problems with Painted-Leaf Begonia 'Maori Haze'

A simple cure for some of these insects is to spray the affected areas with a little dishwashing liquid, mixed with water, in a spray bottle (make routine sprays if the pests are persistent). Prevent powdery mildew by spraying with a registered fungicide.

How to propagate Painted-Leaf Begonia 'Maori Haze'

Cuttings

Leaf cuttings: cut a healthy leaf in early summer. Starting at the base of the leaf and using the veins as a guide, cut the leaf into triangular sections, ensuring the central veins stay intact. Insert the tip of each section into compost, ensuring the main vein is in contact with the growing medium and the leaf is upright. Keep covered and place on a bright windowsill where the temperature remains between 16 to 27°C. Roots should appear within two months. Take softwood cuttings of about 10 cm and root in a glass of water.

Rhizomes

Divide Begonia rhizomes in early spring just as the plant starts to put on more growth. Make sure each section has one or more growing points and replant straight away.

Special features of Painted-Leaf Begonia 'Maori Haze'

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Attractive, brightly coloured foliage.

Indoor plant

Pot plant