skip to main content

Begonia

Begonias are fun and lively plants that will add a splash of color and intrigue to your space with their intricate leaves. Native to Brazil, these plants are easy-going and enjoy bright indirect light, warm temperatures, and moisture.

How to care for your Begonia

Use these instructions to care for a Begonia. This guide will tell you how to water a Begonia; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Polka Dot Begonia

LIGHT

Your Polka Dot Begonia will do the best bright indirect light. It will tolerate medium light but watch to make sure your plant does not become leggy and stretch for the sun. However, do not place in full sun, as the leaves can burn and dry out. 

WATER

Water when the top 50%-75% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

TEMPERATURE

Your Polka Dot Begonia will do well in average room temperatures between 60-80 degrees. 

HUMIDITY

Your Begonia prefers a humid environment but does not tolerate misting. Use a pebble tray or humidifier, instead.

FOOD

Feed once a month during the spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer for indoor plants.

TOXICITY

Your Begonia is considered toxic and not pet-friendly. 

ADDITIONAL CARE

Begonias are prone to powdery mildew that can occur if their leaves are kept wet. It is okay to mist the area around your plant to increase humidity, but do not mist directly on the leaves and avoid getting the leaves wet while watering.

See also: Common Issues →

Need help caring for your plants?

Download our Vera App
Image of species

What's a Begonia?

Botanical Classification: Begonia maculata ‘Wightii’

ABOUT

These popular, colorful, leafy plants are aesthetically pleasing with their unusual leaf shapes and gorgeous blooms. They are relatively easy to care for and appreciate a humid environment.

Begonias are native to Central and South America, Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. They typically grow in cool, damp, tropical rainforests, though they can sometimes adapt to drier climates.

FUN FACT

Begonias have a succulent-like stem, which is great for storing water! This means they can go a little longer between waterings. 

Pictured Left: Polka Dot Begonia

Looking for our plant care basics?

View plant care