Begonia listada is an ornamental flowering plant. It is a compact shrublike evergreen begonia growing to 20 inches long, bearing succulent green leaves with radiating emerald-green veins against a deep green background and the entire leaf is covered with short hairs and a reddish underside. It produces small pink-tinted white flowers intermittently throughout the year.
Species: B. listada
Scientific Name: Begonia listada L.B.Sm. & Wassh.
Common Names: Striped begonia
How to grow and maintain Begonia listada:
It grows well in bright indirect sunlight originating from the south, east, or west window. It also thrives under fluorescent lights. Avoid direct sun which can scorch the leaves.
It requires a well-drained, peat moss based soil, such as African violet potting mix.
Water your plant regularly during the growing season and always keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. You can allow the top 1 inch of soil to dry out between each watering. During the winter months, reduce watering.
It prefers an average room temperature of 65 – 75 degrees Fahrenheit / 18 – 24 degrees Celsius. Angel Wing Begonia is not cold-tolerant and can be harmed by temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit / 13 degrees Celsius.
Feed every two weeks spring through fall with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half. Do not feed your plant during the dormant period.
Prune whenever growth is excessive. Pruned at any time of the year. Pinch the tips of the young plants to encourage branching. This will help to make a bushy plant and discourage leggy growth. If older plants get too leggy, then prune.
Begonia is rhizomatous, growing from a thick, fleshy rhizome that grows just below the surface of the soil. Re-pot in spring when the rhizome outgrows the pot. Because rhizomes have shallow roots, a shallow pot will do.
It can be easily propagated by stem cuttings or leaf cuttings. Take three inches to stem cuttings with leaves in early summer and root them in a moist, sterile potting blend. Cover with plastic or a glass cloche to raise the humidity around it until new leaves form.
Pests and Diseases:
Begonia has no serious pest or disease problems. Begonia is susceptible to attacks from spider mites, mealybugs, and aphids.