Polka Dot Begonia (Begonia maculata) in the Begonias Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Begonia maculata Accepted
Begonia dichroa Synonym
Begonia maculata var. wightii Synonym

Also sold as:
Begonia maculata variegata

Data specific to Begonias (Edit)
Plant Types: Cane Stem

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: green with silvery-white spots above, red underneath
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Other: blooms repeatedly
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Needs specific temperature: 70F 18-22C
Days to germinate: 12-14 days
Depth to plant seed: surface
Start indoors
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Cuttings: Cane
Cuttings: Leaf
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

First male flowers on a 18 months old plant, grown from seed.

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Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jun 13, 2018 8:35 PM

The little cutting I got from Nancy in a trade in Feb. 2018 has rooted and is now (mid June) a 6-inch plant with a couple of new leaves. She called it Wightii and it does look like Polka Dots. The slender leaves are quite different from the large leaves on my Cane Angel Wing Begonia. It should make white flowers whereas Angel Wing blooms are medium pink.

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