Painted-Leaf Begonia 'Maori Haze'
Begonia rex 'Maori Haze'
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3 years to reach maturity
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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'
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.
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, brightly coloured foliage.