Caladium and begonia maculata, also known as Polka dot begonia, will not leave anyone indifferent! These two beauties with unusual leaves are an excellent suggestion for refreshing the home, but also the balcony, since they also thrive outdoors.
In search of greenery that will decorate your balconies, terraces and gardens, we often ignore indoor plants, so our interior is chronically crying out for greenery during spring and summer. Get indoor plants that will also thrive outdoors!
We found two really attractive specimens that attract attention with their exotic leaves. It’s time to meet caladium and begonia maculata!
Caladium is a tropical plant and comes in a variety of beautiful shades of pink, green and white, but this last one is really a hit! A big advantage of the attractiveness of this plant is the large heart-shaped leaves, as well as the green veins on them, which often become dots.
Caladiums are not demanding to maintain, but some things still need to be known. They thrive in a warm place, but they don’t like direct sun, so it’s best to place them in (semi) shade both outdoors and indoors. But that’s why they love moisture, so don’t hesitate to water them abundantly.
Caladium is also quite hardy, but you should not keep it outside when the temperature drops below 11° C. If you live in warmer areas, you can plant them in garden beds and leave them during the winter.
Like most plants, caladiums do best in fertile, well-drained soil. During the growing season, caladiums need to be watered occasionally with liquid fertilizer.
READ MORE: CALADIUM CARE
SPOTTED BEGONIA MACULATA
Another name for Polka Dot Begonia, a plant with large leaves with dots, Begonia maculata will be hard to miss in the interior. You will easily spot it even when it is surrounded by many other jars thanks to its large elongated green leaves with white dots, protruding like knots. It comes from Latin America and belongs to the Befoniaceae family, and it grows very quickly and can grow up to a 1.5 meter bush.
Begonia maculata is very easy to maintain and will succeed even for those who are not skilled in growing flowers. You can keep it outdoors during the warmer months, but the only condition is that the temperature does not fall below 15° C and does not exceed 24° C. Also, regardless of whether it is inside or on the balcony, do not expose it to strong, direct sunlight because it will the leaves, especially the flower, are damaged.
Do not overdo it with water and water it only when the surface soil is dry. Excess moisture will cause the leaves to drop. Begonia maculata likes light and well-drained soil.
In the spring and summer months, expect pink, red or white leaves that look like little pendants. To stimulate flowering, it is necessary to supplement it with fertilizer and suppress faded flowers.