Begonia Maculata | Trout Begonia | Spotted Begonia
Just look at those leaves! Deborah is the fashionista of the plant world with her perfect white polka dots against the dark green leaves, and a purple underside like an incredible cloak. As she grows, more tiny little leaves will emerge, with even tinier little dots! A gorgeous plant that keeps on giving.
She's a little different and people often comment on my polka dot plant, having never seen anything quite like her! Ideal for the friend who loves a good plant. She will arrive in a plastic growing pot, or you can add on a perfectly fitting pot to go with her - Her growing pot is 12cm so I would recommend a 13cm or 15cm pot. You could go for a 12cm pot and add a few stones in the bottom for drainage.
Just like all our plants, Deborah is named after an inspiring woman. This time, it's Deborah Frances-White also known as The Guilty Feminist. If you've not listened to her podcast, why not? Make it the next thing you do after buying this plant.
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She's relatively easy to care for plant and likes a bright room, but not direct sunlight. Take care not to overwater her and ensure the soil is nice and dry before giving her a drink again.
I find that misting the leaves with clean water helps to stop them drying out at the ends - just use an old cleaning spray bottle (fully empty!) - you'll find that most houseplants respond to a good misting - it reminds them of the evening mists from their native lands.
Begonias are not pet-friendly plants so keep this one out of reach of your fluffy loved ones.