Plant Care Polka Dot Begonia

Polka Dot Begonia

4.6 out of 5 (164 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

About Polka Dot Begonia

There are over 2,000 species of Begonia, and horticulturalists have created even more varities by cultivating all sorts of shapes and colors! They're native to tropical regions around the world, but are now found in homes in cold climates as well. Their taxonomy is far more complex than other plants, with species belonging to different cultivar groups. They contain oxalic acid, so be sure to keep them out of reach in homes with pets or children! ⚠️

Taxonomy

Begonia maculata
Begonia
Begoniaceae
Cucurbitales

Also known as

Spotted Begonia, Trout Begonia and Begonia corallina

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 located in Phoenix, Arizona.

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

Check the growing potential in your area

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

Plant care guide for Polka Dot Begonia in Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

57% Medium

Growing Polka Dot Begonia in Phoenix right now

Light needs for plant Polka Dot Begonia in Phoenix, Arizona

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 4th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Phoenix is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…

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Light needs for plant Polka Dot Begonia in Phoenix, Arizona

Sunlight will decrease by 20.3% ☀️

December 4th, 2022

Phoenix is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Phoenix is expected to decrease by 20.3% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.0 megajoules of energy per m2 per…

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Light needs for plant Polka Dot Begonia in Phoenix, Arizona

Daylight will decrease by 0.8 hours 📉

December 4th, 2022

This month, Phoenix is getting an average of 10.4 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 7.3% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.8 total hours of dayl…

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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..️

Phoenix, Arizona currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.

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.

When to repot Polka Dot Begonia

Nutrient needs for plant Polka Dot Begonia in Phoenix, Arizona

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

December 2nd, 2022

The growing potential in Phoenix is medium 👌.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot any…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Polka Dot Begonia is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


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Yellow Leaves

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 your location in Phoenix, Arizona, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Polka Dot Begonia has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 107
Polka Dot Begonia has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 96
Polka Dot Begonia has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 56
Polka Dot Begonia has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 48
Polka Dot Begonia has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 39
Polka Dot Begonia has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 26
Polka Dot Begonia has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 6
Leadcucumber avatar
@Leadcucumber
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 50 XP
globe Green Isle, MN
04/08/2022

Very easy to care for, grows fast, unique and fun colored

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fastaster avatar
@Fastaster
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 63 XP
02/22/2022

easy to grow,the process of growing leaves is delightful

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Planteuphoria avatar
@Planteuphoria
leaf-1 60 Plants
xp 3,392 XP
globe Foley, AL
02/02/2022

My easiest plant I have. Not fussy at all. Beautiful colors. Have it in bright indirect light from south facing window. Water when too soil is dry. Easy for beginners.

Mariansoasis avatar
@Mariansoasis
leaf-1 91 Plants
xp 7,273 XP
globe Solana Beach, CA
01/23/2022

Grows fast even in winter. Gorgeous leaves!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Swellsquid768 avatar
@Swellsquid768
leaf-1 67 Plants
xp 1,466 XP
12/07/2021

I use orchid stakes and clips to keep it growing up instead of out.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Aleahfrancesca avatar
@Aleahfrancesca
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 75 XP
globe Arlington, WA
11/15/2021

When it’s happy, its really happy. I got this plan a year ago it was really unhappy and only had 1 leaf. It currently has 25 full leaves and a a bunch of babies.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Alycia_maree avatar
@Alycia_maree
leaf-1 120 Plants
xp 2,509 XP
globe Perth, Western Australia
11/06/2021

This plant loves bathroom with great lighting and hot showers so it gets a good amount of humidity every morning/night

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Cassrose avatar
@Cassrose
leaf-1 51 Plants
xp 1,155 XP
globe New York
11/05/2021

Super easy to propagate from. The leaves are a bit too tender for my liking. I’m a bit rough so it can easily damage leaves if I’m cleaning them.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Roxanne avatar
@Roxanne
leaf-1 55 Plants
xp 11,043 XP
globe Portland, OR
11/04/2021

Such a beautiful and rewarding plant to grow. She has polka dot leaves but my favorite are the red and pink hues under her leaves. She’s puts out a few leaves every month and is growing fast! I have her at a northwest facing window and she loves the bright light!

Fast grower Fast grower
Nellbell85 avatar
@Nellbell85
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 495 XP
globe Boulder, CO
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, AZ
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
Noneofyrbeesmax avatar
@Noneofyrbeesmax
leaf-1 77 Plants
xp 6,661 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, VT
08/31/2021

a lovely plant to grow!

Fast grower Fast grower
Cjred avatar
@Cjred
leaf-1 50 Plants
xp 5,933 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, NH
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 256 XP
globe Edgewood, WA
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 8 Plants
xp 114 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
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Sharnirose avatar
@Sharnirose
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 710 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, TX
08/17/2021

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

Sunflower_sam avatar
@Sunflower_sam
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 2,545 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

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