Begonia Maculata Wightii, also known as Polka Dot Begonia, is known for its dramatic curly dark green leaves with silver dots. It’s an upright-cane type begonia native to Brazil. I call this plant Dracula as it reminds me of its leaves resemble a bat's wings or Dracula's cape.
Begonia is highly susceptible to root rot, therefore you should always be careful to not overwater it. Also, when watering it, pour water directly onto the soil, ensuring the leaves remain dry.
Light: bright, indirect light, no direct sunlight
Water: keep the soil moist but not soggy wet
Soil: soil-less, acidic
WARNING: this plant is toxic to animals if ingested.
Always be sure to assess your plant’s watering needs upon receiving it. Before giving your plant a drink, it is best to check the moisture level in the soil first to ensure it isn’t moist right beneath the surface. Also, consider aerating the soil of your plant before the initial watering. We compact the soil to avoid shifting during transit, so aerating can help the soil breathe and allow moisture to be released.
Rotate your plant periodically to ensure even growth on all sides and dust the leaves often so the plant can photosynthesize efficiently. When dusting the leaves, also take the opportunity to inspect the undersides and keep an eye out for pests.
Remember each plant is a unique living thing and may have varying needs, especially in their individual locations. Pay attention to the condition of your plant and its watering needs and you will have a long and happy relationship