Begonia listada, the striped begonia, is a species of flowering plant in the family Begoniaceae, native to Brazil. Its leaves are velvet to the touch and have a striking, vivid, bright green stripe in the middle of its dark green leaves, encompassed by a beautiful lighter margin. The whole leaf is covered with short hairs and it is red on the under side.
When grown in optimal light conditions of bright, indirect light this Begonia has a compact growth habit. This begonia like most prefers bright and indirect light and will grow to being around only 8-10inches tall. Some browning of the edges of the leaves can occur when the humidity is too low. This begonia prefers high humidity levels of 65% or higher. Using a terrarium can help achieve this in low humidity climates however isn’t normally necessary as this is a very hardy variety.
Like most begonias this stunner prefers a loose, well-draining soil to ensure adequate air-rating of the roots and ensure its not to stay too wet. This variety prefers to actually be on the drier side, its best to water when soil is almost completely dried out or when the leaves are starting to droop.
Please note that Begonias are notorious for not posting well, so keep in mind that you may receive a plant with floppy/brown edged leaves. They generally bounce back pretty quickly and will push out fresh leaves once potted up.
(You will receive a bare rooted plant similar to the one seen in the images.)
Each living plant is unique and may vary slightly in size, colour or shape.