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Begonia Maculata

Begonia Maculata

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It’s a classic 70s houseplant making a huge comeback! The Begonia Maculata, more commonly known as the Polka Dot for reasons I can't quite put my finger on, is stunning and super easy to care for. With dark green leaves covered with lots of silver spots. They flower but I'll let the flowers show themselves and surprise you!

History & Origins: The Begonias are native to moist subtropical and tropical climates. the plant was originally kept as an ornamental plant by the Chinese in the 14 century but is actually named after a European, Michel Begon, a 16th-century botanist. 

Light: Polka Dot Begonias are popular because they are hardy, the flowers are long-lived and they grow in shade so make ideal houseplants. The secret to keeping them flowering regularly is access to good indirect light and regular light watering. They enjoy being damp but hate being in waterlogged soil. Imagine the roots need to breathe and you won't go far wrong.

It comes from the Atlantic Brazilian rainforests where it is an understorey plant, so it likes shady conditions, keeps out of direct sunlight, ideally on a watered gravel tray to maintain high humidity levels. It can be moved to a sheltered, partially shaded spot outside in summer.  If this plant gets leggy, simply cut back and start again or let it wild and grow free. 

Water: Water when the top few inches of soil feel dry to the touch, soak through and leave until dry again. Be careful to make sure that the plant isn’t left sitting in water as it won’t like that!

So whether you're a beginner, a wow gift, or looking for a plant full of colour and magnificence all in one, this is your plant!

Toxic - put it out of reach of children & pets!

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