Care of begonia Polka Dot – the queen among begonias

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Caring for your Polka Dot Begonia is not difficult, but there are a few things you should keep in mind to make sure your plant stays healthy and happy. In this article, we will discuss the essential care tips for Polka Dot Begonia plants. We will cover everything from watering to fertilizing to pest control, so you can have a thriving garden!

What kind of plant is begonia polka dolka?

What kind of plant is begonia polka dolka?
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Begonia Polka Dot is a type of flowering perennial native to Central and South America. It is an easy-care indoor plant that can bring bright colors to any interior or outdoor area. The leaves are large, round, with bright white spots against the green foliage. The flowers are small and colored in shades of raspberry. Polka sliced begonia is better known as spotted begonia and is one of the most sought after of the other begonia species.

You can also read about other types of begonia: begonia rex and begonia Angel’s Wing.

Care of begonia polka dolka

Lighting

Pea begonias need bright, indirect sunlight. Choose a place with bright light during the day, but so that the plant is not in direct sun for too long. Southern or eastern windows are ideal locations. After all, in the wild, such a plant gets a lot of light, which previously passes through the foliage, thus its intensities go down. In the home such lighting is called diffuse lighting.

Watering

Watering
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For your Polka Dot begonia, watering is probably the most important part of caring for it. Once a week, water the plant deeply and thoroughly, letting it drain for about 5 minutes. This will ensure that the soil is evenly moistened, and excess water can be removed as needed. Do not water too often, as this can lead to root formation. Begonias like to keep the soil moist, but never waterlogged.

Humidity

Polka Dot begonias prefer high humidity, so regular watering is a great way to keep the leaves healthy. You can also install a humidifier in the same room as the plant, or group the plants together to increase humidity. In an ideal review, a humidity of at least 45% is important for begonia, but the higher the better.

Soil

Soil
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Begonias Polka Dot grow best in soil rich in organic matter and well-drained. A mixture of peat moss, perlite and compost works well. The pH should be slightly acidic, but not too acidic; a range of 5.5 to 6.2 is ideal.

Temperature

Polka Dot begonias like heat and usually prefer temperatures between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep the plant out of direct sunlight and drafts, as they can damage the leaves. If the temperature gets too low, move the plant to a warmer place in the house.

Fertilizer

Fertilizer is an integral part of the care of Begonia polka dot. Choose a balanced fertilizer, such as 20-20-20 or 10-10-10 with trace elements added. Fertilize the plant every two weeks during the growing season and once a month during the winter. If possible, add fertilizer to the soil when transplanting begonias.

Diseases and pests

Diseases and pests
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Polka dot begonias are relatively resistant to diseases and pests. If the plant is infested, treat it with fungicide and insecticide as directed on the label. Aphids, whiteflies, mealybugs, scale insects and spider mites are common pests affecting Polka Dot begonia. Check your plants often for signs of pests to stop them multiplying in time. It is also important to keep an eye on the proper watering regimen. After all, if there is too much water, the begonia will develop root rot.

How to trim a begonia polka dot?

How to trim a begonia polka dot?
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Pruning the Polka Dot begonia is an important part of maintaining its health and appearance. This can be done by gently removing any dead or dying foliage and lightly pruning any excess growth. It is important to avoid excessive pruning, as this can damage the delicate structure of the plant and prevent it from blooming for a long time. Instead of pruning, the plant can be lightly pinched to create a more lush bush. If your plant is too tall, you can trim it in late fall. This would be the best time for such a procedure. Be sure to cut the stems and leaves with clean tools only, so that you don’t get an infection in the plant.

Is begonia polka dolka toxic?

Begonia Polka Dot is toxic to humans and animals. It is important to note that this plant can cause skin irritation in humans. If you have sensitive skin, it is better to work with the plant with gloves or wash your hands after contact with it. Also, keep pets away from begonia, as it can cause mucous membrane irritation and poisoning if swallowed.

How to propagate begonia polka dolka?

How to propagate begonia polka dolka?
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Begonia Polka Dot can be propagated in several different ways. The most common method is to divide the root clump, or separate those that have grown together. This should be done during repotting or when soil conditions are ideal. Another way to propagate this plant is by taking stem cuttings and rooting them in a moist

How to propagate Begonia polka dot?

Begonia Polka Dot can be propagated in several different ways. The most common way is to divide the root ball or separate the ones that grew together. This should be done during transplanting or when soil conditions are ideal. Another way to propagate this plant is to take stem cuttings and root them in moist soil. After the stem gives a sprout, then it is important to attach it to the bedding and move the leaf into the soil.

What to do if the begonia polka dolka has brown spots on the leaves?

If brown spots appear on the leaves, it may indicate that the plant has received sunburn.

What to do if the begonia polka dolka wilts?

One of the most important causes of leaf wilting, is a lack of moisture. Reconsider your watering schedule and increase the amount of water.

Can a wilted polka dot be saved?

Can a wilted polka dot be saved?
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If the begonia’s roots are still alive, there is a chance to save your plant. It is important to move the pot to a darker place, then change the soil to a more fertile and nutrient-rich one. Repot the plant and water generously.

Nicolas Wayne

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