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Bold Belles Criss Cross Iron Cross Begonia Begonia masoniana

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    12 - 18 Inches
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    30cm - 46cm


    I ‘Criss Cross’ my heart-shaped leaves that you will not find a more intriguing begonia to add to your collection! Iron cross begonias boast highly-touchable leaves of bright green, edged in brownish-burgundy, with iron-cross-like patterns superimposed on them. Leaves have a thick, rough texture, and velveteen hairs; they are irresistible to touch! ‘Criss cross’ will delight newbies & persnickety plant purveyors alike, with its artful appearance & compact stature.

    Adaptable As Houseplant
    Foliage Interest
    Harmful To: 


    Plant Type: 
    12 - 18 Inches 30cm - 46cm
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Green and purple
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Light Requirement: 

    Low - No direct sun, not near a window. Medium - Medium bright indirect light in the AM or PM, typically from an east or west window. High - Bright direct or indirect light for much of the day, typically from a south window.

    Maintenance Category: 
    Preferred Temperature: 
    60 - 85 °F
    Water Category: 
    Humidity Preference: 
    Container Soil Type: 
    Indoor Potting Mix
    Needs Good Drainage
    Bright Spaces
    Humid Spaces
    Low Light Spaces
    Uses Notes: 

    Not for human or animal consumption.

    Maintenance Notes: 
    • For optimal performance, keep your Rock Begonia at 60-85°F (15-29°C). 
    • Begonias thrive in medium to bright indirect light. Too much direct sunlight can lead to leaf scorch. Insufficient light can lead to legginess and faded leaves. 
    • Begonias prefer moderate humidity. You can supplement their humidity by placing them on a pebble tray with water, or by clustering them together with other plants. Be careful of providing too much humidity or they can get white patches of mildew on their leaves. 
    • Begonias prefer moist, but not soggy soil. Be sure to water when the top inch of soil feels dry. Ensure good drainage. Do not allow your Begonia to suffer from multiple spells of dryness, or it may get brown, crispy leaves. 
    • Feed your Begonia once per month at half strength when it is actively growing. Reduce frequency of fertilization in the winter months. If no new leaves are growing, it does not need to be fertilized.
    • Protect furniture when watering & fertilizing.
    • Over time, your Begonia will have older leaves fade and dry.  Prune them with shears so the plant can put its energy into growing new leaves. 
    • When repotting your Begonia, use an all-purpose potting mix, with orchid bark and perlite added to ensure good drainage. 
    • If your Begonia drops its leaves, don't give up! These plants grow from rhizomes and can sprout new leaves under the right conditions. They like very consistent conditions, overall, when it comes to watering, temperature, and light, and they need to have good drainage.
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