Begonia amphioxus Care: This is for all of you rare plant lovers and those who love tropical plants. We’re talking about only the most head-turning Begonia amphioxus.
The plant is small, but it is extremely attractive with its butterfly-wing-shaped leaves the plant will be at its best in a terrarium, or greenhouse that has high humidity. It’s not simple to maintain at all, so a thorough care guide is needed.
Begonia amphioxus “Butterfly” was first discovered in Borneo, Indonesia according to the KEWScience. While it was first observed by researchers in Borneo in 1984 however, it wasn’t until the year 1990 that it was first mentioned in the work of Martin Sands from the New England Botanical Garden.
This speaks volumes about its (nonexistent) popularity and why it was never a part of popular houseplant collections.
It’s a section in the Begonia family, although it’s possible that you’re not sure that it’s an erect plant, in the first place.
Its scientific name is the Greek word ‘Amphi’, meaning pointy at both ends. they’re elongated and have serrated edges.
The name butterfly is derived from the stunning marks of crimson on vibrant green leaves that resemble butterflies’ wings. They also refer to how they move when they are blowing like they would take off from the ground.
Additionally, this plant will be adorned with stunning flowers several times every year. The male flowers have you already in love? Let’s check if you have the necessary ingredients to grow one in your own home.
Begonia amphioxus Care Guide
Begonia amphioxus requires well drainage, but well-drained soil. A top-quality peat mix or a standard garden mix is sufficient, but I would recommend including oyster shells, limestone chips eggshells, or oyster shells.
This will ensure the soil isn’t too acidic, which will lead to more vibrant red hues in the leaf.
I strongly suggest growing it in a pot or terrarium this is something I will cover more within the post. The happy medium for this species is virtually impossible in the container. If you are planting it in a terrarium, select a location in the middle of your Begonia amphioxus. It is a fan of a lot of sunlight but is not a fan of wet feet.
In any case, where the plant is placed in any area, it is of major importance that your roots do not get buried in water. A mildly acidic soil that has a pH range of 6.1 to 7.5 is ideal.
Begonia amphioxus is a fan of the bright indirect light and occasionally partial sun. Sounds ambiguous?
It’s because it’s. If you’re not in a tropical climate the best chance of success is with fluorescent lights in a terrarium or over the humidity dome, at least 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 centimetres) far from the source of light, so that the light source doesn’t get burned.
A north-facing window is adequate until it begins flowering. Then it will require moving to a brighter spot but if you plant it under artificial lighting, you won’t need to think about this.
Direct sunlight can cause sun damage, but too little light can make your Begonia amphioxus wither and then die.
Begonia Amphioxus Watering
As with most Begonias Amphioxus also requires just a bit more water than the typical house plant. It should be watered up to three times per week during the summer, and every week in winter.
Allow the soil to become slightly dry between waterings. Try to keep the soil from getting wet and causing root rot. This is easy to do by using a soil mix that is fast draining.
A second thing you should be aware of is that you should not allow water to sit on the leaves of the plant since it will eventually result in the premature rotting of the leaves as well as different fungal diseases.
It is easy to avoid this by using an elongated spout that concentrates the water solely on the soil. A further thing to consider is that the water’s quality is essential for Begonia amphioxus. Water that is hard, mineral heavy or hard is not good enough.
It is recommended to water it using aquarium water or at a minimum distilled water, and keep aware of the temp.
Begonia amphioxus, which I’ve mentioned before isn’t a fan of rapid temperature changes. The same applies to water.
It should be watered with tepid to slightly warm water, but not enough to cause shock to the roots.
Begonia Amphioxus Temperature
Another reason you must provide a secure growth space in the Begonia amphioxus is that it requires relatively constant and consistent temperatures.
It loves warmth, ideally at temperatures of up to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (30degC) and not letting it fall lower than 50degF (15degC) and not permitting huge temperatures fluctuations. They are sensitive to frost and will shed all their leaves to inform you that they’re unhappy.
Begonia Amphioxus Humidity
It is not a secret that it is a fact that the Begonia amphioxus is a humidity dependent plant that will not do well in dry conditions. This is among the reasons I advocate the importance of terrariums and containers that are closed.
The only way is to make sure that it is humid to 60-80% during the day and 80-100 per cent humidity at night. Yes, you’ve indeed read the article. To be honest the humidity dome may not be sufficient.
Your Begonia could live, but it will not flourish in other circumstances.
It is recommended to mist your leaves occasionally, but be sure to do it early in the morning to allow the droplets the time to dry. Also, don’t let them remain on the surface of the leaves for too long.
Begonia Amphioxus Fertilizer
Begonia amphioxus is a hungrier tiny plant. They won’t be at their most productive If you’re not consistent in fertilizing.
It doesn’t mean that you need to do it every month however, feeding it using a liquid fertilizer that is diluted to about a half of the strength, once every week or once every two weeks is ideal.
A month at least is sufficient during winter however if you keep the Begonia inside a terrarium that has heaters, the time of year does not matter.
Begonia Amphioxus Propagation
One of the few things you can do for this plant to do is propagation. You can do this through seed cuttings of leaves, leaf as well as herbaceous cut-offs.
Seeds propagated by seeds are what you’d imagine it is It is a matter of letting flowers dry, gathering the seeds, saving the seeds throughout the winter months and transplanting them later in spring. If you don’t wish to undergo this lengthy process, then stem cuttings are the next best option.
There is a chance to get lucky as when Begonia amphioxus loses its leaves, for any reason, it is likely that they will grow where they fell, particularly if you are in a terrarium, or an area that is evenly and always humid.
I will describe a more deliberate method in the following paragraphs.
Propagation through cuttings of stems
The best time to propagate this, as with other species is during the spring and at the beginning of summer. Follow the steps below to ensure effective Begonia amphioxus plant propagation.
Pick a stem that is at most just a few inches long.
Take off the lower leaves on the cutting.
Dip the bottom of the cutting into the rooting hormone to ensure it is rooted.
Plant this cut three inches deep, best placed in moist sphagnum or a soil that is rich and airy that is rich in perlite.
Place this plant in a cool, humid area with some sun exposure.
It could be in a propagation container, or even in a terrarium or in a dome of humidity.
Regularly water the cuttings and do not let the soil get dry.
After 3-4 weeks, you should begin to see root growth.
Propagation through water
The process of propagating the Begonia amphioxus by using water will be similar to the method I mentioned above, simply replacing the sphagnum soil or sphagnum moss with water.
Be aware to propagate with water, this means that the roots won’t take into the soil when they are potted.
One way to smooth the transition is to add soil into the water that is in your garden every day, one spoonful until it is replaced completely.
This will give your Begonias roots a chance to adapt to a more dark and drier environment, deficient in oxygen. It could also save you the pain of seeing a new potted Begonia drop every single leaf in the dramatic way it does.
If it is grown in the container, Begonia amphioxus can be repotted at least once per year. I would not rush it and be sure to check the bottom before making this.
As we’ve mentioned they do not like change or any kind of change that involves pot changes or spoiler changes. If you can keep from touching it, don’t. It is in the best interest.
Begonia amphioxus can be found in a normal growth pattern if it is cultivated in the ideal conditions. It can produce new leaves frequently.
It is possible to trim dried or rotting leaves if needed. They may also bloom three times a season.
What’s the matter with Terrariums?
Okay, so I’ve been honking the terrariums trumpet throughout this piece and you’re thinking that this plant isn’t suitable for you.
A Terrarium appears to be a significant financial investment and commitment. is it possible to have a Begonia amphioxus without no it?
The answer is yes. So long as you provide the conditions it requires the plant will be suitable without the need for a terrarium. A greenhouse can also be a good option and you may be interested in trying some homemade humidity domes. If you reside in a warmer climate, it is an alternative.
So long as you construct an enclosure that can be airtight, it’s suitable for a Begonia amphibious.
If you have the money to buy the cost of a terrarium or have one, it shouldn’t be a problem.
There is no need to keep an eye on the soil and ensure it is damp, you won’t be required to mist the entire time, and you don’t have to be concerned regarding the temperature swings. An airtight terrarium will develop into an ecosystem in which the water evaporates, condensates and fall back on the soil, and repeat the cycle.
You can go on without water for months!
If you’re still trying to understand your terrarium or humidity dome Keep an eye on your soil.
If you notice the plant is dry, you can add water. This is more likely in the case that the Begonia amphioxus is in a small pot since it’s likely to drink the water more quickly.
Common problems that are caused by Begonia amphioxus
The problems you could face with these plants differ about the place you plant them. If you plant it in a pot and open-air, you may be confronted with the dreaded Thrips.
Thrips have a love affair in the form of Begonias and are among the most commonly encountered pests on theirs.
If you keep the humidity high you could be putting your Begonia is always at risk of powdery mildew as well as anthracnose (a condition caused by the fungi).
One easy way Begonias tell us they’re not happy is by curling their leaves. I will discuss the causes and ways to address them in the next section.
If you’re seeing tiny, black, elongated pointed bugs, they are probably Thrips. They are a food source for the plant and can bring the begonia down easily.
They reproduce and grow extremely quickly, and they even have wings that allow them to expand on different plant species easily. The first thing to do is separate the plant from the rest of the plants so that they do not expand. Remove all visible bugs by using a vigorous stream of water.
Clean it up thoroughly If you need it. After that, you can clean it a second time using insecticidal soap. Apply soap to all stems and leaves well to kill any remaining insects as well as eggs, larvae and.
Then, you need to spray the plants with the oil of neem, making sure that you cover all of the plants, to keep away any potential visitors. During this time, make sure not to wet the roots or the soil around the plant.
It is possible to put this portion of the plant in an airtight bag. This will help prevent water overflow or damaging the root.
The process may need to be repeated several times because thrips can be very robust and can return in larger numbers so stay patient and persevere.
If you notice curly leaves and distinct white patches in your Begonia amphioxus, it is likely to be caused by powdery mildew. Mildew is a fan of humid and warm conditions, so it shouldn’t come as surprising.
Powdery mildew can be fatal to plants however since you’re likely to cultivate your begonia to look attractive it is a significant aesthetic issue.
It is possible to wash the leaves using a mixture of 1 tbsp baking soda and 1-gallon water and half a tsp of liquid non-detergent soap. However, this is generally utilized as a preventative step.
The best choice is organic fungicide from a local store. Simply follow the instructions on the label and you’ll be safe.
Anthracnose is a typical fungal problem that affects Begonias. It can manifest as curly leaves that turn yellow and brown spots.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, the first thing to take is to remove the dead and infected plant material. Also, be cautious not to get the leaves wet when the next time you drink water.
Make use of a fungicide that is available at the store by the directions and take care not to transfer it onto other plants.
For all fungal, bacterial and viral diseases that affect plants, It is of vital importance to cleanse and disinfect your hands and equipment before handling any plant.
Begonia amphioxus frequently asked questions
Do Begonias like direct sunlight?
Give you Begonia amphioxus with the bright indirect light. A little morning sun for an hour or so is acceptable. Be careful, however, because the delicate leaflets of Begonia amphioxus can easily be burned.
Is Begonia amphioxus simple to take care of?
The care of Begonia amphioxus isn’t easy due to the increase in temperatures and humidity. The most effective method is to cultivate Begonia amphioxus in a Terrarium.
What is the ideal soil to plant the cultivation of Begonia amphioxus?
Begonia amphioxus requires rich, well-draining soil. Peat mixed with eggshells or limestone is the best option.
Overall, Begonia amphioxus will be an attractive addition to any garden or home, but it will require you to push for it.
It prefers soil that is well-drained with a slightly higher pH and plenty of watering, but not excessively humidity, as well as high temperatures.
It will inform you that something isn’t working as planned by curling, and then dropping their leaves, often all at once.
It’s susceptible to many fungal diseases, so avoiding them is the most effective course of action.
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