Like many Begonias this rhizomatous type from Mexico needs good light to show off its foliage and Begonia mazae nigricans has very colourful foliage when properly grown.
From Mexico, this is a species that can reach around 12 inches (30cm) in height and is at its best when it fill the container with its pale to mid green with a dark purple along its veins for contrast.
The leaves are hairy and the colour varies greatly depending on the amount of light it gets. Good indirect or filtered light can the strong mid green with contesting veins you see here.
Too little light will see the leaves turn to a much deeper green, near black and with little contrast.
Too much light and the leaves go pale, and direct sun will burn them.
How to grow Begonia mazae nigricans
Best in a container with good filtered or indirect light.
Use a free draining potting mix, Begonias do nor like wet feet.
- Temperature Range
Ideally indoor between 50F (10C) and 27C (80F).
In colder climates, a heat mat below the plant can help promote better growth.
Use a wet dry cycle, water well and then allow the soil/potting mix to dry partially. This allows air into the soil and assists with root growth. Once the soil dries a little, water again. Usually once a week should do, depending on growing conditions.
Use a slow release fertiliser in spring and liquid feed once a month from spring through summer.
Repot when the plant has outgrown the pot it is in or the soil shows signs go breaking down and holding too much moisture.