Begonia maculata - Polka Dot Begonia from Le Botanist

Begonia maculata - Polka Dot Begonia

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One of the most photogenic houseplants is the Begonia maculata ‘Wightii‘, also known as the Polka dot Begonia, or Spotted Begonia.

The Begonia  is a real eyecatcher with its large angel wing-shaped leaves patterned with polka dots on top and a deep purple-red on the bottom side. Another great thing about the Polka dot Begonia maculata is that this houseplant is pretty easy to care for. No need for a green thumb.

Begonia plants come in many varieties and hybrids, in different colors, sizes, and shapes. Without a doubt, the spotted begonia is one of the prettiest begonia plants I have ever seen.

The silvery-white polka dots on the Begonia maculata look almost unreal as if they were painted onto the deep olive-green leaves. Spotted begonias are part of the so-called cane begonias. Cane begonias have these a-symmetrical angel wing leaves growing on long bamboo-like stems. The Begonia maculata is a relatively fast grower and makes an excellent indoor houseplant or terrarium plant.

 

Light

Indoors, this spotted begonia likes bright, indirect sunlight. But it can also grow and survive in lower light situationsKeep your plant out of direct afternoon sun. If the polka dot begonia gets too much sun, the leaves can burn and dry out.

 

 

Water

Ensure drainage holes on the bottom of the pot so any excess water can escape. This helps prevent overwatering and root rot. Always make sure your pot has one or more holes on the bottom. 

When you’re good to go, let’s talk about how often you should water your polka dot begoniaWater regularly, because the Begonia m does not like to stay dry too long. It likes the soil to be somewhat moist. But watch out for soggy roots, so allow the top of the soil to dry out before watering. Let the pot drain completely before putting it back on the saucer or in its cache pot. In spring and summer, when the Begonia maculata is actively growing, and the temperatures are higher with more light, the plant will need to be watered more often. They can be a little tricky to water in the winter. Just water less and less often. The Begonia maculata doesn’t go dormant, but it will slow down significantly over the winter. If you continue your regular watering regime through winter, it will be too much for the plant. Don’t drown your plant with good intentions and too much water.