Begonia maculata 'Wightii'
Also called the Polka Dot plant, Begonia maculata 'Wightii' has long, asymmetrical leaves with bright white spots and a red underside. A non-toxic, beautiful addition to any home.
Note: We do our best to package plants so they arrive healthy and happy. Some leaf drop may occur due to shipping stress. Please contact within 7 days if plant arrives in poor health or doesn't show signs of recovery.
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Registered name: Begonia maculata 'Wightii'
Parent lineage: Begonia maculata
Origin: Southeast Brazil
Type: Warm, Tropical
Pot Size: 4in
Plant height: 2.5 feet. Prune to prevent height
Bloom info: Small white or pink clusters with yellow center
Toxic: Yes, if ingested. Roots are especially toxic
Potting mix: Well-draining soil and perlite mix. Prefers a somewhat water-retentive mix of mostly soil and organic matter. Repot in Spring annually.
Light: Bright indirect light. Shielded South or West facing preferred.
Water: Keep consistently moist but not soggy.
Temp: Warm (60F min night, 85F max day). Will not tolerate temps lower than 55F.
Humidity: >45%, prefers consistent moderately high humidity when good air flow is provided.
Fertilizing: Slow release fertilizer (Osmocote recommended) applied at the beginning of Spring. Alternatively, full strength soluble 20-20-20 fertilizer applied frequently (every other watering) Spring-Fall. Decrease in Winter. Increase phosphorus percentage to encourage flowering.