Begonia Maculata Polka Dot
Also known as the Polka Dot Plant
Begonia maculata, also known as polka dot begonia, is a species of begonia native to Brazil.
It grows naturally in the Atlantic rainforest, with occurrences confirmed in the Brazilian states of Espírito Santo and Rio de Janeiro.
Begonia maculata has green oblong leaves with silver dots.
Place indoor begonias where they get bright light.
Begonias like a lot of light, so place them on windowsills that face east or west, so that your plants get several hours of sunlight each day.
Avoid southern windows from February through September, as they let in too much light, unless you have thin curtains that filter the light.
If you choose to use fluorescent lights, you should place it 6"-12" above your plant.
You should keep the light on for roughly 12 hours a day, though some begonia growers leave their lights on for 14.
Keep in mind that you will need to water your plant more often when you use artificial light.
Keep indoor begonias warm.
You will want to make sure that the minimum night temperature is 55ºF.
Begonias do not handle cold well and will suffer from lower temperatures.
Water begonias carefully.
Water when the surface of the potting soil feels moist.
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