Begonia masoniana

Begonia masoniana

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Begonia masoniana is part of the Begoniaceae family and is native to India, China and New Guinea. This plant is sometimes called 'Iron cross Begonia' due to the dark markings in the centre. Leaves are large, asymmetrical and ovate to round, they are wrinkled and densely covered in hair.

The genus name honours Michael Begon (1638-1710), a patron of Botany.

Pot: ø 12cm.

Height: Approximately 20cm from base of pot.

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. 

Water: If given adequate light, water Begonia masoniana when the top inch or so is dry. These plants tend to wilt when extremely dry.

Potting mix: A rich well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, a little bit of orchid bark and worm castings. 

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: 15-30°C, no cooler than 15°C.

Humidity: Begonia masoniana would prefer higher humidity. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.

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