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Begonia masoniana (Iron Cross Begonia)

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Plant description

begonia masoniana iron cross begonia 2

begonia masoniana iron cross begonia 1

An old favourite potted plant that has stood the test of time, with striking coloured leaves of apple green boldly marked with a bronze brown cross shape. The leaves are also heavily dimpled and shiny which is also an attractive feature. Good for indoors in a well lit place or for sheltered patios and verandahs. Grows well in warm areas, likes a good organic soil mix with good drainage. Keep moist but not wet as boggy conditions can encourage rotting.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: cream
Flowering season: summer

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.4 metres
Minimum height: 0.2 metres

Maximum width: 0.5 metres
Minimum width: 0.2 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: not specified.

Sand: not specified.

Diseases

Fungal rot in too wet conditions

Pests

Mealy bug

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: not specified.

Types of fertiliser: Half strength liquid fertiliser or a good slow release fertiliser.

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