6" Polka Dot Begonia (Begonia Maculata)
The silvery-white polka dots look almost unreal as if they were painted onto the deep olive-green leaves. But trust me, this is nature working its magic.
Polka dot 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 likes bright, indirect sunlight. But it can also grow in lower light situations.
Keep your plant out of direct afternoon sun. If the polka dot begonia gets too much sun, the leaves can burn and dry out.
Water regularly, because the Begonia maculata does not like to stay dry too long. It likes the soil to be somewhat moist.
But watch out for soggy roots, no plant wants those. So do allow the top of the soil to dry out before watering. And 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.