The Begonia Maculata otherwise known as the polka dot plant or angel wing is a gorgeous begonia. It’s growth is similar to a bamboo cane which is how it also gets the name cane begonia. So how do you grow this begonia of many names? Pretty easily actually. Keep reading to learn how.
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The begonia Maculata does well in bright indirect light. So place this plant within a few feet of a window. Some direct light is ok but be careful of the intensity of the light. Meaning and east facing window is going to have less intense direct sun while a west facing window will be stronger light. If your home lacks light you can add grow lights. Grow lights are so helpful on darker days or in that dark areas of the house that needs a plant.
This plant will also do well in a lower light area as well just be sure the plant is getting some light throughout the day. In lower light this plant can become very leggy and loose foliage so just be careful keeping this plant in low light for long periods of time.
It’s a good habit to check your begonia weekly to see if it needs water during the spring and summer. If the soil looks dry, dig around to see if its dry an inch or two down. If it is, you can give it some water. This Plant stores water in its canes so it is very forgiving should you forget to water or want to go longer between waterings like during winter.
In the winter months your plant may need less water depending on how dry your home is and if the plant has gone dormant.
For winter houseplant care tips read this!
Normal home humidity seems to work just fine but adding in extra humidity doesn’t hurt especially if your home is dry. You’ll notice changes in your plants when you provide more humidity in your home. Such as more growth and potentially bigger foliage. With a lack of humidity you may notice crispy leaves.
The Begonia Maculata loves a well draining soil mix. Take a bag of potting soil and combine it with Orchid Bark and Perlite. That will give you the perfect well draining mix that will keep your Begonia happy.
Fertilize during the growing season which is spring through fall. Organic fertilizers tend to be my go to for all plants with my favorite being fish emulsion. Fertilize weekly during the growing season and give an extremely diluted amount during winter.
Cane begonias are pretty easy to propagate. You can cut and stick stem in soil, water, moss, vermiculite or any other medium you wish to root in. They root pretty readily.
When happy this plant will bloom beautiful clusters of white flowers in spring through summer.
The Begonia Maculata is an amazing houseplant. It can grow very tall with large leaves if you provide the proper care. Be sure to provide this plant a prime location in your home because it’s a showstopper!