Houseplants forum→Polka Dot Begonia - leaves too small, please help

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Berlin, Germany
elena_88
May 5, 2020 3:11 PM CST
My Polka Dot Begonia grows very small leaves. Please can someone tell me what am I doing wrong? I am fertilising and watering regularly, the plant is healthy and has no other issues. I am also keeping it away from direct sun light. The leaves however do not gorow bigger than 5-12cm.
Thank you for your help and advise.

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Berlin, Germany
elena_88
May 6, 2020 4:15 AM CST


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WillC
May 6, 2020 7:49 AM CST
Welcome! Plant growth is determined primarily by light, not water, fertilizer, or pot size.

Your Begonia would do better close enough to a sunny window that it gets several hours of direct sunlight every day.
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Berlin, Germany
elena_88
May 6, 2020 11:20 AM CST
WillC,

Thank you so much for your kind response. My Begonia was initially in a sunnier spot but it started getting dry ends at the end of the leaves. I will try again and put it in a sunnier place and see how it reacts. I am not having it so easy with it but I want to make it happy. ;)
Thanks once again.

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WillC
May 6, 2020 2:46 PM CST
The brown leaf edges were likely caused by improper watering, not sunlight. Can you post a photo that shows how it is potted?
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sallyg
May 7, 2020 6:47 AM CST
Has it has big leaves before? There are many varities.

I have grown a similar spotted begonia with long leaves, when it's happy they get huge. But I am not sure it is the only long leafed spotted begonia out there.
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
Berlin, Germany
elena_88
May 8, 2020 3:20 AM CST

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Berlin, Germany
elena_88
May 8, 2020 3:24 AM CST
I made more pictures of the leaves and how it is potted. When I bought it, it had huge leaves, but since it is with me the leaves are super small. It is growing many leaves, the edges are no longer dry but the leaves just don't grow.
As for potting, I made a photo of that too, just in a pot with holes at the bottom and normal plant soil. Should I do something special there?

Thank you so much.
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 8, 2020 7:44 AM CST
As Sally pointed out, some varieties have smaller leaves than others. If it is just the new leaves that remain small, then it is due to the reduced light.

Other than improving the light and adding a little patience there is nothing more you can do. Be happy that the plant is healthy and doing well. Size doesn't always matter!
Will Creed
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Berlin, Germany
elena_88
May 9, 2020 1:31 AM CST
WillC,

Thank you so much for all your tips.
I have now moved my plant in a sunnier spot and I hope this will help.

All the best for you and stay healthy.
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 9, 2020 6:42 AM CST
Thanks, Elena!
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