Begonia Amphioxus


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This exotic Begonia amphioxus or Red Spotted Begonia, dazzles with burnt red spots and a red rim around its pointed peltate leaves. It’s shrub-like growth gives it an eye-catching, extraterrestrial appearance. The Red Spotted Begonia amphioxus is a truly unusual plant, with unique growth requirements that are ideal for more experienced caretakers. Some leaf drop is normal after shipping.

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Photos are for reference only. You will be shipped a plant of the same quality. Ceramic pot not included.

Toxic if consumed. Keep out of reach of pets and small children.

Plants are shipped Mondays and Wednesdays to minimize transit delays that can occur closer to the weekend. Orders placed Thursday through Sunday will ship Monday. Orders placed Monday or Tuesday will ship Wednesday.

Care Tips for Begonia amphioxus

The following are tips for ideal growth and color display. However, these are not strict requirements for the plant to thrive. Although often grown in terrariums, we find the plant grows well in our shaded Florida greenhouses except during the peak of summer heat.

Soil: Well-draining soil that is rich in nutrients. Slightly acidic to neutral pH soil (5.5 to 6.5) will bring out the red colors in the leaves. A combination of coir, perlite, and vermiculite is ideal.

Light: Bright indirect light or intermittent sun. Does very well under fluorescent lights.

Humidity: High humidity (between 60 to 80%) as long as there is enough light to keep the plant growing. If the plant is not actively growing, high humidity conditions can result in rot. This is a great plant for terrariums.

Water: Up to three times a week during the summer. Make sure the roots are never sitting in water and allow to soil to dry out between watering. A well-draining soil is key to achieving this balance of frequent watering and drying out.

Temperatures: This plant loves consistent warmth in temperatures up to 85°F. Don’t let it fall below 50°F. An enclosed area is ideal to avoid temperature fluctuations, which can cause leaves to drop.

Fertilizer: This is a nutrient hungry plant that require rich soil and regular watering. Use a liquid fertilizer diluted to quarter strength twice a month in the growing season. In its native Borneo, the plant grows in limestone outcrops and will appreciate limestone additives to its soil, or a use a weak fertilizer with calcium and magnesium.

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