Begonia listada

Description

If you're looking for a unique houseplant with exotic, fleshy foliage, the Begonia listada is a great choice. Pronounced foliage emerges from the soil in clusters of arrowhead-shaped awesomeness. From afar, the foliage of the Begonia listada resembled a caladium or even a small elephant ear, but upon closer inspection, you can tell it's 100% begonia. The vibrant stripe of white down the middle of each leaf is reminiscent of a lightning bolt against a dark summer sky. 

To have the most success growing your Begonia listada, make sure your area is high in humidity and stays a nice toasty temperature. Lack of humidity and warmth can cause rot and an otherwise unhappy-looking plant. Begonia listada are perfect for use in terrariums or mini-greenhouses. 

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Begonia
  • Common Name: Flamingo Queen. Angel Wing 
  • Family: Begoniaceae
  • Native Range: South Africa 

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care: For the plant enthusiast
  • Light: Prefers bright, indirect light
  • Water:  Requires frequent watering in spring and summer. Allow the soil to almost completely dry out between watering, or when the foliage begins to droop. Avoid overwatering.
  • Humidity: 60 to 80%
  • Temperature: 50-85F
  • Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves and control growth.
  • Feeding: Fertilize using ted liquid houseplant fertilizer every two weeks in spring and summer.
  • Propagation: Stem cuttings 
  • Growth: Grows upright and bushy
  • Pests: Look out for aphids and spider mites
  • Toxicity: Toxic to humans and pets

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