Ok I saw this baby in the greenhouse and was like “that is the weirdest plant I’ve seen in awhile” and I just had to have it. Upon researching it when I got home, I found out that it was rumored that the scarlet undersides of the Begonia Maculata’s leaves were the inspiration for the trademark red-heeled Louboutins. Like whaaaat?! Ok now I love it even more. And the polka dots?? Officially my new fav plant lol.
These evergreen perennials hail from tropical forests of Brazil, so it’s no surprise they need warmth, strong filtered light and consistent moisture. They are a pretty easy to care for, are fast growers th23at can reach three feet or more, and produce cascading white flowers. I mean what’s not to love?
The Maculata requires bright indirect light. The more light it gets the the more chance you have for flowering. Place in a bright room near a window, but not in direct sunlight, it’s leaves will burn.
Maculatas like moist, but benefit from having the top half-inch of their soil dry out before rewatering. They can easily develop root rot if they’re kept too wet, so never water when the soil is moist. Also make sure they are potted in a well draining pot.
These beauties bloom from spring to fall and produce clusters of little white & yellow flowers. They’re adorable. You don’t really need to do anything to help them bloom, and if you’re not seeing as many flowers as you’d like, up the plant’s light exposure.