Begonia acida is native to Brazil. It is a rhizomatous species with nearly orbicular leaves that are roughly puckered to 9 inches (23 cm) across. It makes a great plant for hanging baskets and for the windowsill.
Blooming Time: From late winter to early spring, tall inflorescences with white to pale pink flowers 5/8 inch (1.5 cm) across adorn the plant. Individual inflorescences are up to 6 inches (15 cm) across.
Culture: Begonia acida need full shade to bright indirect light, with intermediate to warm temperatures. We grow ours under 52% shade all year long. We use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 1 part loam to 1 part sand or perlite. The soil should be kept moist at all times. Fertilize weekly with a balanced fertilizer diluted to ½ the strength recommended on the label. Since the rhizome grows quickly you may need to repot often.
Propagation: Begonia acida are propagated by division of rhizomes and from leaf cuttings.
Begonia acida was featured as Plant of the Week September 27-October 3, 2002.
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