Maculata Begonia

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  • Showy Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 5 Feet

Be the envy of your block with this quirky-looking begonia! Also known as the Polka Dot Begonia, its brightly spotted, olive-green leaves stand out in a crowd. This begonia will also reward you with clusters of white flowers with yellow centers in the spring through fall. And more good news—this plant is easy to care for, provided you give it the light, water and humidity it craves.

Best Locations For Growing Maculata Begonia Plant

This plant will do well in any location with bright indirect light. Spice up your living room, bedroom or office desk with this stunner. Just make sure to keep it in a spot that’s out of reach from pets. All species of begonia are toxic to animals.

Maculata Begonia Plant Sunlight Requirements

While your Maculata Begonia can tolerate periods of direct sunlight, it prefers bright indirect light. An east-facing window is perfect for this plant. You can also try placing it a few feet from a south-facing window. Higher light levels will promote more blooms and growth.

Maculata Begonia Plant Care

Polka Dot Plants are from the rainforests of Mexico, Madagascar, South Africa, Central America, and Asia, so it needs a humid environment (45 percent or more is ideal). You can try placing it near a humidifier or near a tray of wet pebbles. A bathroom also provides excellent humidity for tropical plants. This plant does not tolerate cool conditions—keep your home between about 65-86 degrees F to keep your begonia happy.

Watering Maculata Begonia Plant

This plant does not tolerate soggy soil. Let it dry out between waterings, only giving it a drink when the top half inch of soil is dry.

Feeding Maculata Begonia Plant

Feed your Maculata Begonia with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 2-4 weeks. Only fertilize your begonia during the growing season, from spring-fall.

Maculata Begonia Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - Keep lightly moist. When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: Moderate
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Fast
Mature Height: 5 feet
Mature Spread: 20 inches
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): White
Flower Shade/Description: Cascading White
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Red, Silver
Foliage Description: Green, Red, and Silver Polka Dots
Temperature: 65° - 86°F (18° - 30°C)
Humidity: Average (40% - 60%)
Common Name: Maculata Begonia
Other Name(s): Polka Dot Begonia, Spotted Begonia, Trout Begonia
Scientific Name: Begonia maculata
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

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Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

1 Review - Maculata Begonia Show Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by Chris Conway on Sep 06, 2023

    Beautiful, healthy, plant! Great company!