Iron Cross (Begonia Masomana)

Iron Cross (Begonia Masomana)

$55.00 inc. GST

Pot Measurements : Approx. 15cm(Ø) x  13cm(H)

Iron cross begonia also known as Begonia Masomana leaves are easily recognizable.

  • They looks stunning when planted with other fancy-leafed begonias, such as Begonia Rex.
  • Their contrasting leaf textures, colors and patterns complement each other in a dish garden.
  • Each bright-green puckered leaf is marked with a reddish-brown iron-cross pattern in the center.
  • You may see sprays of pinkish-white flowers in spring and summer, but these blooms are insignificant compared to the magnificent foliage.
  • Pinching off flower buds will promote bigger, healthier leaves.
Plant Care

Light

  • Bright, indirect light. It also thrives under fluorescent lights.

Water

  • Water thoroughly, allowing the top 1 in (2.5 cm) of soil to dry out between waterings.
  • Avoid getting water on the leaves because they spot easily and are prone to mildew.

Humidity

  • This fancy-leaf begonia likes higher-than-average humidity.
  • If the air in your home is dry, use a room humidifier or place pot on a tray of wet pebbles to increase humidity.
  • Grouping tropical plants such as begonias, ferns and orchids also helps to increase the moisture in the air around them.
  • Misting begonias is not a good idea because it can promote powdery mildew and fungal diseases.

Temperature

  • Average room temperatures 65-75°F/18-24°C.
  • Begonias are not cold-tolerant and can be damaged by temperatures below 50°F/13°C.

Soil

  • Peat moss based, such as African violet potting mix.

Fertilizer

  • Feed monthly year-round with a 10-10-5 liquid fertilizer diluted by half.
  • Fertilize when the soil is already moist to avoid fertilizer burn. Don’t feed a dormant plant.

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