Begonia 'Dark Mambo'

Begonia 'Dark Mambo'

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Begonia 'Dark Mambo'

Begonia 'Dark Mambo' is a standout in the plant world, with its almost-black leaves that sport a subtle metallic sheen. The foliage is ruffled and textured, appearing almost fuzzy. As a rhizomatous begonia, it grows from thickened stems that creep along the soil, continually producing new leaves.

The dark foliage of Begonia 'Dark Mambo' isn't just visually striking—it's a statement. The near-black leaves provide a dramatic contrast to lighter plants and serve as a focal point in any collection. The metallic sheen and intricate leaf texture make it a conversation piece, perfect for those who appreciate unique and eye-catching houseplants.

Care Instructions:

  • Light: This begonia thrives in bright, gentle light. Overly hot, direct sunlight can damage its delicate leaves, so aim for a spot near an east-facing window or use a sheer curtain to filter the light in a western or southern window. 
  • Water: Allow plant to approach dry between waterings. Good drainage is crucial to prevent root rot.
  • Humidity: Begonia 'Dark Mambo' prefers higher humidity levels. If your home tends to be dry, you may want to keep your begonia in a case or cabinet greenhouse.
  • Temperature: Ideal temperatures range between 60-75°F (15-24°C). Keep it away from drafts and heating vents to avoid stress.
  • Soil: Use a well-draining, peat-based potting mix. Incorporate perlite or orchid bark to enhance drainage and aeration.
  • Fertilizer: During the growing season (spring and summer), feed monthly with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength. Reduce feeding in fall and winter when the plant's growth slows.
  • Pruning: Regularly trim leggy growth and remove dead leaves to encourage a fuller, healthier plant.

 

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