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Polka Dot in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Begonia Maculata

 

Polka Dot

Cane-stemmed begonias are large, long lived evergreen, perennial plants that often survive for years in a garden, and their easy care also makes them valuable as houseplants. The taller varieties can reach over 1m. in height and require staking. Shorter varieties are a good choice for hanging baskets. 'Wight's Spotted Begonia' is a cane-type begonia with large, dark green shiny leaves shaped like bat wings, and with silver spots. The white flowers appear in late Winter to Spring

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plant Features
  • Polka Dot likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Polka Dot likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Polka Dot is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Polka Dot likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Polka Dot

Latin name

Begonia Maculata

type

Tender perennial

family

Begoniaceae

ph

6.5 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Polka Dot likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Frost

    Polka Dot is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Polka Dot likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Polka Dot likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Polka Dot is 0.60meters x 1.50meters 0.60 M 1.50 M

Begonia Maculata

Cane-stemmed begonias are large, long lived evergreen, perennial plants that often survive for years in a garden, and their easy care also makes them valuable as houseplants. The taller varieties can reach over 1m. in height and require staking. Shorter varieties are a good choice for hanging baskets. 'Wight's Spotted Begonia' is a cane-type begonia with large, dark green shiny leaves shaped like bat wings, and with silver spots. The white flowers appear in late Winter to Spring


Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

All begonias do best in neutral soils or compost and most prefer to be sited in partial shade. When first planting young plants, it is worth removing any early flower buds as this will allow the plant to reach its full size as quickly as possible. When growing begonias as house or conervatory plants, they do best at 13C or more although most will tolerate a winter temperature of 10C. In summer, protect the plants from full sun by siting them where they will receive maximum indirect sunlight.

 

Propagation by cuttings

From Early Spring TO Early Summer

To propagate, take stem cuttings in spring or summer, ensuring that there are growth buds in the axils of the lower leaves. Root in a mixture of half soilless compost and half course sand and keep at a temperature of 18C.

 
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