Begonia maculata are happy in bright, indirect light. Avoid direct light as this could scorch the leaves.
Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Your plant will let you know it's thirsty as its leaves will droop. Avoid overwatering as this can cause root rot and yellowing leaves.
The Begonia prefers a humid environment. Mist daily to increase humidity levels and replicate the tropical environment it thrives in.
Average indoor temperatures of 18-26°C are best for a Begonia.
During spring and summer, feed once a month with a general houseplant food. No feeding is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.
A Begonia is considered toxic to humans and pets if ingested.
Native to Brazilian rainforests, Begonia maculata has a reputation of being a little tricky to grow. The secret is to mimic those rainforest conditions as closely as you can – providing warmth, humidity and bright but indirect light (no direct sun). If your spotted begonia is happy it may reward you with hanging clusters of small white or pink flowers in summer.
Begonia maculata is a 'cane' begonia, which means that is has upright stems that have different segments, like a bamboo cane. These are also known as 'angel wing' begonias thanks to their beautiful leaves.