Begonia Maculata, native to Brazil's tropical forests, popularly called Polka Dot begonia, is a fantastic show-stopper that looks incredible with its olive-green leaves and contrasting spots. She will likely turn heads in your home, and thankfully, it isn't too difficult to care for.
The silver polka dots seem painted on the olive-colored leaves, crimson-colored undersides, and sprays of open bell-like red or white flowers with bright yellow centers on bamboo-looking knotty stems. If you're looking for something unusual that attracts attention, this over-the-top begonia is an excellent choice.
She needs pretty specific conditions in the way of humidity, light, and water. Once you get it dialed in, you'll have a plant that's the envy of your neighborhood.
They need warmth, bright filtered light, and consistent moisture. That's how you'll get a reasonably fast grower that can reach 1 meter or more, and their cascading white flowers bloom throughout the warm season.
The plant's thick stems hold a bit of water and don't like wet conditions. They appreciate having their topsoil dry out between waterings.
Light is essential, too, but the secret to begonia maculata care is the humidity factor. Steamy environs mimic its native habitat. You don't need to construct a greenhouse for it, but you'll need to make some humidity allowances to keep your maculata fresh and happy.
They like being somewhat rootbound but quickly wear out their soil in close quarters. Yearly repotting is the best practice, even if you're returning them to the same container.
Maculatas also need judicious pruning and grooming to look their best. One fortunate characteristic of these angelic-winged plants is how easily they propagate.
They may not perish in low humidity, but they won't truly flourish. If you deal with unexpected leaf loss, you can fix that by upping the ambient moisture. Those who have tremendous success keep their maculata's humidity high, even if they don't highlight it.
They don't like getting their leaves wet, so bottom watering is a better option. The point is to keep an eye on their soil and water thoroughly once the top has dried sufficiently. They like a little break between waterings.
The plant is 40 cm tall and will be shipped in a 12 cm pot.