Begonia brevirimosa exotica is an exciting rarity from the rain forests of New Guinea. Its large, metallic-looking leaves sport bright-pink variegation that demands attention.
The Exotica Begonia has a shrub-like habit and grows to about 3 feet tall. Its vibrant leaves can get quite big - about 20 to 25cm long. Each leaf has a glossy, bronze-green background, with pink streaks that almost look painted on. The colouration is especially vivid on the mature leaves. The leaves seem to develop the most pink in bright light with higher temperatures & humidity - while cooler, darker conditions promote more green. Its pretty, pink flowers appear throughout the year.
It will thrive in a spot with bright, indirect light. It will also benefit from regular misting as it loves humidity.
Repot in spring - remember to only go up one pot size. If you choose too big a pot, then the excess potting mix retains moisture and can lead to fungal problems and root rot. Use a high quality potting mix with excellent drainage.
After potting, pat the potting mix down to remove any air pockets and water in well using a weak seaweed solution. This will help it settle in quickly and happily.
Pictured here in a 5cm square pot, this is the plant size you will receive.