Plant Care Begonia Maculata
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Begonia Maculata

4.6 out of 5 (140 experiences)

Begonia Maculata has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Begonia Maculata has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

Also known as

Polka Dot Begonia, Polka Dot Begonia, Spotted Begonia and Trout Begonia

Taxonomy

Begonia maculata
Begonia
Begoniaceae
Cucurbitales

How to care for Begonia Maculata

Water

How often to water your Begonia Maculata

Water needs for Begonia Maculata
0.5 cups
every 9

Begonia Maculata needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Begonia Maculata

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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Finding light for Polka Dot Begonia in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Begonia Maculata: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Begonia Maculata may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Begonia Maculata in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Begonia Maculata

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Begonia Maculata: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Begonia Maculata after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
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Propagation

Care Summary for Begonia Maculata

Begonia Maculata

Begonia Maculata


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Begonia Maculata has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 89
Begonia Maculata has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 82
Begonia Maculata has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 51
Begonia Maculata has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 40
Begonia Maculata has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 35
Begonia Maculata has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 22
Begonia Maculata has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 7
Begonia Maculata has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 5
Nellbell85 avatar
@Nellbell85
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 495 XP
globe Boulder, Colorado
09/17/2021

She’s so pretty with the pink on the leaves, cute flowers that show up pretty often, & have a beautiful pink color. The care is easy; I’m looking for another begonia to join it. I did have a trellis to give her some support. Shes one of my very favorite plants.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Judith avatar
@Judith
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 146 XP
globe Mesa, Arizona
09/13/2021

Where i got mine, the roots were still wrapped in cloth and were suffocating the roots. Half my plant died.

Browns easily Browns easily
Catertots avatar
@Catertots
leaf-1 48 Plants
xp 1,815 XP
09/09/2021

This is just such a beautiful, fun plant! I have mine sitting in an east-facing windowsill and it’s thriving with the early morning light, and so far it hasn’t been fussy about watering either. It’s grown a new leaf just about every week or two, some are big and some are small. Such a lovely plant to watch grow with their beautiful spiraling buds and iridescent white dots!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Austin avatar
@Austin
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 266 XP
globe Burlington, Vermont
08/31/2021

a lovely plant to grow!

Fast grower Fast grower
Cjred avatar
@Cjred
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 2,817 XP
globe Downtown Core, Singapore
08/26/2021

Easy plant just give lots of light and humidity

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Rachel avatar
@Rachel
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 161 XP
globe Hinsdale, New Hampshire
08/26/2021

It’s pretty when it leaves are t browned but really easy to take care of

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Z.white18 avatar
@Z.white18
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 159 XP
globe Edgewood, Washington
08/24/2021

good for a plant beginner
very easy to take care of:)

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Siddiqa avatar
@Siddiqa
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 64 XP
globe Luton, England
08/24/2021

You can put a dying stem in the water and it’ll start growing again

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Sharnirose avatar
@Sharnirose
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 686 XP
08/23/2021

Beautiful and easy plant with unique appearance

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Elecia22 avatar
@Elecia22
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 128 XP
globe Dallas, Texas
08/17/2021

very finicky, slow grower, very delicate and easy to damage

Sunflower_sam avatar
@Sunflower_sam
leaf-1 35 Plants
xp 1,782 XP
globe Ottawa, Ontario
08/12/2021

This thing grows so fast. I love her so much. It was one leaf clipping and now she’s got 6 leaves!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Obot avatar
@Obot
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 275 XP
08/10/2021

I got this plant from my art teacher years ago I keep propagating it and keeps on growing

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Sydn5460 avatar
@Sydn5460
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 86 XP
08/08/2021

It is best to leave the plant alone, in terms of watering. It is best to leave it in a shaded spot that gets bright-ish light.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Red2cvdriver avatar
@Red2cvdriver
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 104 XP
08/08/2021

Particular and Beeeautiful

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Caylasjungle avatar
@Caylasjungle
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 107 XP
08/08/2021

Watching these leaves unfurl is my favorite!! Propagating this one for me I’ve noticed it’s slow to root, but maybe that’s just my luck!😂 however, in the time my cutting has taken to grow half inch roots, it’s got 4 baby leaves!

Fast grower Fast grower
Kaitsand avatar
@Kaitsand
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 199 XP
08/07/2021

I LOVE my polka dot begonia! My grandmother gave it to me as a little propagated guy and I took it to school with me. This plant TOOK OFF and grew so tall so fast and with very little maintenance. I love propagating from her because all you do is break off at a knuckle and soak in water until rooted! FABULOUS! Great plant for anyone.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Alexis avatar
@Alexis
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 26 XP
globe Fairview, Tennessee
08/07/2021

Pretty easy to take care of! Loves sunlight! Hard to propagate though.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Browns easily Browns easily
Brandy avatar
@Brandy
leaf-1 63 Plants
xp 3,321 XP
globe Pike, New York
08/05/2021

Too early to tell. He is still just a leaf, but he is holding on, so I will give him 2 stars.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Amonty avatar
@Amonty
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 79 XP
globe Petaluma, California
08/02/2021

She grows very fast but requires more watering than im used to

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Lilyoftheday avatar
@Lilyoftheday
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 479 XP
globe Cleveland, Ohio
08/01/2021

This poor guy has been through so MUCH!!

Got him off the clearance rack at Walmart, he starting coming back! He looks great and could not wait to have him start growing!

Then I moved… well during the move he got neglected and starting giving up again. But now that he has his spot and getting his needed attention now, he is starting to bud new nubs again!!

This thing can SURVIVE!!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor

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