Begonia ferox

Begonia ferox

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Begonia ferox is part of the Begoniaceae family and its native range is China (Guangxi). It is a lithophyte and grows primarily in limestone areas of the subtropical biome. B. ferox has asymmetric leaves which are covered in hairs, and densely dotted with raised black cones and hair-tipped bullae.It has a creeping rhizomatous growth habit.

The genus name honours Michael Begon (1638-1710), a patron of Botany. The specific epithet is from the Latin ferocis meaning wild, brave and fierce.

Pot: ø 12cm.

Height: Approximately 20cm in height.

Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive. They growth fantastically under grow lights and in terrarium conditions. 

Water: If the plant is receiving adequate light, water when top inch of medium is dry

Potting mix: A rich well draining mix; coco coir, perlite, some sphagnum moss and some akedama or turface.

Fertilising: Feed your plant every few waterings during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.

Temperature: 20-21˚C.

Humidity: Begonia ferox requires higher humidity (70-95%), ideally in a terrarium or under a cloche.

Begonia ferox is toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.