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Begonia bipinnatifida 'Starter plant'

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Begonia bipinnatifida 'Starter plant'
Begonia bipinnatifida is a rare type of begonia with fern-like leaves from New Guinea. It requires a humid environment and is therefore ideally suited to a terrarium. Araflora supplies a compact plant with pretty pink flowers and deep red leaves
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Begonia bipinnatifida adult
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Plant type
flowering plant
Plant type
terrarium
Place
indoor
Light
semi sun
Light
artificial lighting
Watering
normal
Properties
non-edible

Product info

In its natural habitat, Begonia bipinnatifida is found on the rocky outcrops of Mount Horne, New Guinea. The deep red, branched stems zigzag slightly from one leaf node to the next. They form a dramatic contrast with the dark-green upper surface of the plant’s leaves. The undersides of the leaves are the same deep bordeaux red as the stems. Compound leaves attached to leaf stems are divided into smaller leaflets, creating an overall fern-like appearance. Begonia bipinnatifida can grow to a height of 25-30 centimetres but is easy to keep small. The flowers are tiny but the combination of pink tepals and golden yellow styles and stigmas makes them highly appealing.
Height:
8 cm
8 cm
Width:
3 cm
3 cm
Flower colour:
Purple
purple
Flower period:
All year
all year
Product type:
Plant plug
plant plug
Plant type:
Flowering plant
flowering plant
Plant type:
Terrarium
terrarium
Growth habit:
Normal
normal
Properties:
Non-edible
non-edible
Growth rate:
Slow
slow
Araflora info:
Mini
mini
Araflora info:
New
new
Natural habitat:
Central America
Central America
Altitude range:
0-1500 m
0-1500 m

Plant care

With the correct growing environment and care, Begonia bipinnatifida will become an excellent species to enjoy. It needs to be cultivated at normal room temperature with a high level of humidity. A terrarium is ideal, provided the plant is positioned close to a strong light source. Natural light is fine as long as there is no exposure to direct sunlight in the summer months. Begonia bipinnatifida can cope with a wide range of temperatures varying from 10⁰C to 35⁰C. However, in winter the temperature must not fall below 15⁰C. For the rest of the year, the best temperature is around 22⁰C with 70% humidity. Water moderately with lukewarm water, allowing the top couple of centimetres of the growing medium to dry out before watering again. During the winter rest period, allow the top half of the potting mixture to dry out between waterings. In a terrarium, Begonia bipinnatifida will only need watering a couple of times a year. Good air circulation is not essential but will make the plant less susceptible to disease and infection. A mixture of peat and other material is a suitable kind of growing medium with good drainage. In a terrarium, a fibre-based mixture, for example with coir (coconut fibre), is a suitable potting compound. If Begonia bipinnatifida is not grown in a terrarium it will need feeding with standard liquid fertiliser every two weeks
Care:
Difficult
difficult
Place:
Indoor
indoor
Light:
Semi sun
semi sun
Watering:
Normal
normal
Watering tips:
Watering from above
watering from above
Light:
Artificial lighting
artificial lighting
Air humidity at day:
60-80%
60-80%
Air humidity at night:
60-80%
60-80%
Day temperature:
10-30 °C
10-30 °C
Night temperature:
12-18 °C
12-18 °C
Temperature max:
30 °C
30 °C
Temperature min:
15 °C
15 °C
Temperature:
< 15 °C
< 15  °C
Fertilize:
Little
little
Artificial light height:
20-40 cm
20-40 cm
Soil type:
Peat mix
peat mix
Repotting:
After 2 years
after 2 years
 

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