Begonia masoniana is part of the Begoniaceae family and is native to India, China and New Guinea. This plant is sometimes called 'Iron cross Begonia' due to the dark markings in the centre. Leaves are large, asymmetrical and ovate to round, they are wrinkled and densely covered in hair.
The genus name honours Michael Begon (1638-1710), a patron of Botany.
Height: Approximately 25cm from base of pot.
Secrets of success
Temperature: These plants thrive 21-25°C, below 12°C they will perish.
Light: Bright indirect light or filtered light.
Watering: Keep potting medium consistently moist to a little dry; over-watering is a big killer of Begonia.
Air humidity: Higher humidity is best; this can be achieved by sitting the plant on a tray of watered pebbles or using a humidifier. Misting my cause leaf spot on this plant.
Fertilising: A fairly slow growing plant, fertilise every 2 weeks during spring and summer (dilute synthetic fertiliser at least by half the recommended dosage).
Potting mix: A rich well-draining mix.
This plant is toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.