Plant Care Polka Dot Begonia

Polka Dot Begonia

4.6 out of 5 (152 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

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 Tucson, 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

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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 Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

60% Medium

Growing Polka Dot Begonia in Tucson right now

Light needs for plant Polka Dot Begonia in Tucson, Arizona

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 2nd, 2021

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

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

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Light needs for plant Polka Dot Begonia in Tucson, Arizona

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 20.2% ☀️

December 2nd, 2021

Tucson is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Tucson is expected to decrease by 20.2% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.6 megajoules of energy per m2 per d…

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Light needs for plant Polka Dot Begonia in Tucson, Arizona

Daylight will decrease by 0.8 hours 📉

December 2nd, 2021

This month, Tucson is getting an average of 10.7 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 7.3% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.9 total hours of dayli…

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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..️

Tucson, 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.

FAQs
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Propagation

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 Tucson, 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 99
Polka Dot Begonia has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 90
Polka Dot Begonia has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 53
Polka Dot Begonia has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 44
Polka Dot Begonia has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 37
Polka Dot Begonia has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 24
Polka Dot Begonia has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 7
Polka Dot Begonia has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 6
Aleahfrancesca avatar
@Aleahfrancesca
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 75 XP
globe Arlington, Washington
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-1 122 Plants
xp 2,477 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 43 Plants
xp 1,027 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
Roxyinjungle avatar
@Roxyinjungle
leaf-1 79 Plants
xp 4,876 XP
globe Portland, Oregon
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, 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 47 Plants
xp 1,866 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 57 Plants
xp 3,114 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 197 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 5 Plants
xp 74 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 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, Texas
08/17/2021

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

Sunflower_sam avatar
@Sunflower_sam
leaf-1 38 Plants
xp 1,888 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 302 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 204 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

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