Iron Cross (Begonia Masomana)
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.
- Bright, indirect light. It also thrives under fluorescent lights.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Peat moss based, such as African violet potting mix.
- 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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