Pot Measurement : Approx. 16cm(Ø) x 13.5cm(H)
Iron cross begonias (Begonia Masoniana) are known for their distinctive cross-patterned leaves. The fuzzy, pebbly-textured green leaves have a burgundy iron cross in the center of each leaf. The plant blooms year-round, with small pink flowers on spikes in the center of the plant. Iron cross begonias can be kept as houseplants or grown outdoors.
How to Plant Iron Cross Begonias
- Plant in a spot with protection from wind. The planting area needs to get bright sunlight for part of the day, but no direct light.
- Amend the soil with compost prior to planting the begonia. If the soil does not have good drainage, amend it with sand or plant the begonias in a raised bed.
- Place tubers with the narrow end facing up and cover them with about 1/2 inch of soil. Set plants in the soil so the soil covers the roots to the crown. Space plants at least 6 inches apart. Do not plant outdoors until all danger of frost has passed, so the plant has time to grow and harden before the next winter.
- Water the begonias at the time of planting. Water about an inch a week to keep the soil moist, but do not overwater the plants. Allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings. Water the soil, not the plant, to help prevent mildew on the leaves.
- Add a 2-inch layer of mulch around each plant, keeping the mulch a couple of inches from the plant stem. The mulch will help keep the soil evenly moist and at an even temperature.
- Fertilize once a month during active growth periods. Use a high-nitrogen fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength.
- Cut spent flower spikes back to the base of the plant. Remove dead leaves as they appear. If the plant dies back in the winter, do not remove the foliage until the spring after the last frost. At that time cut the dead foliage back to about 4 inches above the soil line.
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