Polka Dot Plant

Begonia maculata

Spotted Begonia, Trout Begonia, Angel Wing, Polkadot Plant

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This Begonia species lies in the cane-stem horticultural group, these plants have erect stems up to 1m high. This evergreen perennial has fibrous roots and cane-like stems bearing asymmetrical, wavy, toothed foliage. Leaves are heart-shaped and dramatically marked with silver-white spots on the topside, coloured red on the underside. Produces white or pink flowers which make a stunning display, this plant is frequently grown indoors as a houseplant for its striking foliage.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Cuttings

Take stem cuttings.

Special features

Attractive leaves

Attractive foliage plant.

Indoor plant

Special features

Origin

Brazil, South and Central America.

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Sand, Clay, Loam

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Begoniaceae

Flower colour

Pink, White

Scent

None

Problems

Can be attacked by caterpillars, mealybugs, thrips and vine weevils. They can also suffer from powdery mildew, stem rot & rhizome rot.
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