Plant Care Polka Dot Begonia
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Polka Dot Begonia

4.6 out of 5 (134 experiences)

Polka Dot Begonia has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Polka Dot Begonia has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

Also known as

Spotted Begonia and Trout Begonia

Taxonomy

Begonia maculata
Begonia
Begoniaceae
Cucurbitales

What other plant parents say

Polka Dot Begonia has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 83
Polka Dot Begonia has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 79
Polka Dot Begonia has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 49
Polka Dot Begonia has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 39
Polka Dot Begonia has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 33
Polka Dot Begonia has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 21
Polka Dot Begonia has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 7
Polka Dot Begonia has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 5
Agatha avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Polka Dot Begonia named Polk by Agatha on Greg, the plant care app
05/07/2021

I was a bit nervous about this plant because could not find a lot of information about how to care for it. I have been applying basic plant logic. Bright indirect light and water when top of the soil…

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@Lilyoftheday
Cleveland, Ohio
Rating of the plant Polka Dot Begonia named Your plant by Lilyoftheday on Greg, the plant care app
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 …

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@Miamilaw97
Columbus, Ohio
Rating of the plant Polka Dot Begonia named Begonia by Miamilaw97 on Greg, the plant care app
05/06/2021

This is a great plant for a beginner to a full-fledged expert. Mine don’t like direct sun, but other than water, (and even overwatering is okay with it, by tremendous amounts), and some light, they’…

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Catertots avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Polka Dot Begonia named Illumi by Catertots on Greg, the plant care app
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 …

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London, England
Rating of the plant Polka Dot Begonia named My baby by Lottielashley on Greg, the plant care app
07/12/2021

My favourite breed of plant. Has the most beautiful leaves and often spouts them out. Mine is currently growing so tall and has new leaves every single week. Make sure to give some plant food in a dr…

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Kaitsand avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Polka Dot Begonia named Spot by Kaitsand on Greg, the plant care app
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 …

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@Hailey
Calgary, Alberta
Rating of the plant Polka Dot Begonia named Larry by Hailey on Greg, the plant care app
05/15/2021

He has lasted the longest out of all of my plants, he was very easy to grow and he starts growing new leaves every week or so. My rabbit did try to eat him but quickly learned as they have tiny spike…

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@Londondaniel
London, England
Rating of the plant Polka Dot Begonia named Hübsch aber sehr empfindlich by Londondaniel on Greg, the plant care app
07/14/2021

When she arrived from her long journey from Wales to London, looking sad and badly treated I thought she wasn’t going to live long but after giving her love by putting her in a nice spot in my home a…

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Nerskine avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Polka Dot Begonia named Rizzo by Nerskine on Greg, the plant care app
04/09/2021

I really like unique looking plants and this fella is a great addition to my plant family. When I got him, he had quite a bit of frost damage from winter shipping to Michigan and post office delays, …

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@Mccall
Salt Lake City, Utah
Rating of the plant Polka Dot Begonia named Lady Luck by Mccall on Greg, the plant care app
06/16/2021

Not sure what to think about this plant yet. She was so sad at the grocery store, I brought her home to see what we could do. I can’t tell if she’s too dry or too over watered. Saggy, dry leaves, it’…

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How to care for Polka Dot Begonia

Water

How often to water your Polka Dot Begonia

Water needs for Polka Dot Begonia
0.5 cups
every 9

Polka Dot Begonia 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 Polka Dot Begonia

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Polka Dot Begonia in your home

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

Polka Dot Begonia 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 Polka Dot Begonia in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Polka Dot Begonia

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Polka Dot Begonia: 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 Polka Dot Begonia after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Polka Dot Begonia

Polka Dot Begonia

Polka Dot Begonia


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.

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