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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 your Begonia thoroughly when the top 2-3 inches of soil are dry until water comes out of the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot. Make sure to empty excess water from the saucer after watering, as Begonias are prone to root rot if left to sit in water. Best to err on the side of drying the pot down just a bit. 

TEMPERATURE

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

HUMIDITY

Your Polka Dot Begonia will do great in average household humidity but will appreciate extra humidity from a humidifier or pebble tray. 

FOOD

Feed your Begonia once a month during spring and summer with a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength. 

TOXICITY

Your Begonia is considered toxic and not pet-friendly. 

ADDITIONAL CARE

Although we normally recommend misting your plants, your Polka Dot Begonia is an exception. 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, but do not mist directly on the leaves and avoid getting the leaves wet while watering. 

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