What are Begonia Maculata flowers like?
Begonia Maculata have an unusual type of flower; they have a single petal in the middle, called the banner, which is usually brightly colored, and a bunch of smaller petals called sepals on either side.
The sepals cover and protect the flower while it grows, but then they wither away as the flower blooms. The banner petal may be any color, but make sure that the banner is a bright color, such as red, pink or maroon. It should be at least half the size of the flower’s diameter and should not have any markings or veins.
The sepals in your flowers will be white and circular (they are not technically petals). The three outer sepals are slightly narrower than the others and often held slightly off-center. The middle sepals are a little bigger and come together to form a flower’s hood.
The banner petal will have red, pink or maroon color with black, purple or brown markings. Depending on the color of the flower and its size, Begonia Maculata flowers may last two to three days (or longer).
How do you clean Begonia Maculata leaves?
When cleaning a Begonia Maculata, you should use room-temperature water, and then wipe the leaves gently with a clean cloth. When you are cleaning the leaves, avoid getting water directly on the stems, which can cause fungus to grow. For thorough cleaning of your plant, simply cut off the leaves about an inch down from their stem.
Remove the lowest leaf and submerge the stems in lukewarm water. Submerge just the bottom node into the water, keeping its leaves above the water level to avoid illness. Weekly water replacement with lukewarm water is recommended to avoid stunning the cutting with frigid temperatures.
A good rule of thumb is to water Begonia Maculata every one to two weeks in summer and every three weeks in winter. Do not overwater your plant, as they will become unhealthy.
Can I use neem oil on Begonia Maculata?
Begonia Maculata is well-suited for growing in a container indoors. It does great if you put it in a sunny window, but be warned that the leaves will become easy to spot. To prevent sunlight from affecting them, try placing an opaque piece of plastic or newspaper over them (or just make sure you don’t leave it in direct sunlight.)
You can also hang your plant outdoors and use grow lights to keep them fed. An indoor foliage plants such as Begonia Maculata, pests such as thrips, aphids, and spider mites are frequently observed.
Cleaning them manually from the leaves with a moist cloth and warm, soapy water is the treatment. Another safe and successful option is to use natural medicines, such as Neem Oil.
What if Begonia Maculata has fungus?
Heat kills the fungus. Variations in humidity levels might result in the release of spores. Therefore, if you can relocate infected begonias to a warm, stable environment, such as a greenhouse, you may be able to eradicate the fungus and rescue the plants.
Be sure to disinfect tools used in the removal of infected leaves, as infected plants are likely to spread the fungus to healthy ones. Begonia Maculata will not be able to recover, but you can treat the roots with a fungicide and repot them into a container without soil.
In most cases, you will need to spray the entire plant with fungicide so that both the fungus and the healthy plant will be killed by the chemical.
If you are using a proper sprays for begonia Maculata, it is recommended that you carefully remove all diseased leaves from the plant to avoid damaging nearby plants or losing time when dealing with potentially contagious diseases on your own.
Can I propagate Begonia Maculata from leaf?
Begonia Maculata propagation is easy. To propagate Begonia Maculata from leaf, cut the leaves and put them in water to root the new plant. The leaves need sunlight, so it is recommended that you use a flower pot with drainage.
For better result, use a rooting hormone and hormone powder (calcium nitrate) to improve the quality of new plants. The following are steps to follow when propagating from leaf;
- Cut stem at the bottom part of stem.
- Keep the stem in water as long as possible to keep it damp.
- Put the stem in a warm place and let it grow for few weeks until it develops roots.
- Transfer the plants to water when they grow enough that leaves can be removed from the stems easily by hand which are eventually discarded and replaced with a fresh one once finished with rooting process.
- When the leaves are removed and roots start to form, when you water it, do not let the water sit on the stem for long, but rather keep it away from the stem.
- After root formation it should now be easier to remove leaf from stem by hand.
- Plant the rooted stem to a pot using soil, and when leaves start to die, cut them off and put a new one on it.
- Water it once per week with lukewarm water until you can transfer it to where you are going to grow it permanently.
- Do not overwater Begonia Maculata as they will get black rot from too much water.
- Fertilize it with a water-soluble fertilizer every couple of months.
Can you grow Begonia Maculata outside?
Begonia Maculata is also suitable for outdoor cultivation. Simply place it in a shaded area outdoors. A couple of hours of direct sunlight will not harm the leaves, but any more may cause them to burn. Begonia Maculata thrives outdoors in USDA zones 10 and 11.
They thrive in areas with good drainage and moderate shade. If you’re growing begonia Maculata in pots outdoors throughout the summer, bring them inside once the temperature drops below 60°F (15.5°C).
Begonia Maculata requires full sun to flower, so it is best to keep them in a location where they will receive morning or afternoon sun.
When planting in pots, use a pot plant soil that is well-draining. Water your Begonia Maculata once a month during the winter months and keep it moist but not soaking wet.
Once your Begonia Maculata is established, it is recommended to prune the plant in order to maintain its shape. Pruning will also encourage vigorous growth of new shoots and flowers.
Begonia Maculata prefers a well-draining soil with a sandy or loamy texture. If you live in a hot climate, keep them in pots with an open drainage holes so that excess water won’t be held onto the roots. Do not overwater them, as they will get stressed and will decline in health.
Where do you put Begonia Maculata?
Provide a bright spot away from direct sunlight for your Begonia Maculata: direct sunlight can fade the silvery spots or even burn the foliage. In the winter, a southern exposure is ideal; east or west windows are acceptable year-round as long as they are kept out of direct sunlight.
Always keep it where you can observe the leaves. If they appear wilted or begin to curl, check the humidity around your Begonia Maculata. If it is too low, remove the pot from its location and allow the soil to dry before returning. You can mist your plant occasionally, but avoid over-watering or leaving water on its leaves for long periods of time.
Begonia Maculata needs bright, indirect light. If you grow Begonia Maculata in a south-facing window, make sure to keep it shaded from direct sun for best results. Moisture is critical for Begonia Maculata, so be sure to keep its soil moist at all times.
To prevent your Begonia Maculata from dehydrating, do not leave it near heaters or air conditioners where the air is not circulating. If you’re growing Begonia Maculata indoors, it is important to check the humidity.
In dry climates, increase the humidity in your home with a vaporizer or by grouping your plants together in one area of the home. To keep the soil of your Begonia Maculata moist, use a heavy layer of mulch around its base.
Does Begonia Maculata like to be root bound?
Begonia Maculata prefer to be somewhat rootbound in tiny containers, however their soil quickly becomes depleted because to their tightly packed roots. Even if you are not repotting, yearly soil refreshing is beneficial to them.
Begonia Maculata has a deep root system, so it prefers to have its roots in the dark, cool soil. When you allow your plant to go into a pot that is too big for them, their deep root system will become exposed to light and heat. This might kill your plant if you do not immediately replant it in a new container.
Begonia Maculata like a lot of room to grow, so if the roots are beginning to come out the drainage whole, it is time to repot them. When repotting your Begonia Maculata, simply place it in a pot that has drainage holes and give the roots plenty of room.