[Polka Dot Begonia]
[Polka Dot Begonia]
[Polka Dot Begonia]
[Polka Dot Begonia]
[Polka Dot Begonia]
[Polka Dot Begonia]
[Polka Dot Begonia]
[Polka Dot Begonia]
[Polka Dot Begonia]
[Polka Dot Begonia]

DOTTY [Polka Dot Begonia]

Begonia maculata

Regular price R 419.00 Save R -419.00
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A truly stunning & unique houseplant. The Begonia maculata dazzles in a costume of silver polka dots, with an undergarment of rich maroon. It has a climbing tendency capable of reaching a metre tall, producing pale white & pink flowers in summer. 

Available in a 12cm grow pot. Decorative pots sold separately.


Flat shipping rates apply per order (add more plants & pay the same on shipping). Gauteng R79. Rest of South Africa R119. Read our shipping policy here.

Caring for Dotty

Light

Place Dotty in indirect light near an east or north facing window. Dotty needs adequate filtered light to grow bushy. Direct sun will lead to burning of the leaves & fading of the colours.

Water & humidity

Watering this plant correctly can be tricky. It likes having lightly moist soil, but hates waterlogged soil. Rather err on the side of underwatering. When the leaves droop it's time to water. If the top of the soil still feels moist & squishy, don't water, wait for the top layer to dry a bit. Avoid getting water on the leaves! Use a long nose watering can to get the H20 directly into the soil.

Feeding

Once every month with a balanced fertiliser. Do not fertilise in winter.

Re-potting

Begonias like to be pot-bound. Re-pot into one pot size bigger in spring. Use a well-draining potting soil. You can also propagate this plant from stem cuttings, placing them in a jar of water until they root. 

Atrium Top Tip

If you want a bushier plant you can prune old canes down to the soil line. You can also shorten green canes, leaving at least 4 nodes (where the leaves meet the stems). Pinching off the new tips of the canes will induce growth from the bottom, resulting in a bushier plant.

Quirky plant fact

It is rumoured that Christian Louboutin created his trademark red-heeled shoe to mimic the undersides of the Begonia maculata. 



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