Begonia soli-mutata is a compact shrub-like species from Brazil. The medium sized oval leaves are chocolate brown with wide green areas along the main veins. The leaf surface is pustulated. The colors in the leaf vary remarkably with the amount of light they receive. This species likes a little extra humidity. Plants will branch from the base if left un-pruned. In the right conditions, Begonia soli-mutata can be a fast grower.
This species is best suited for use as a houseplant or in shady outdoor areas. Begonia soli-mutata can tolerate low light levels, but will grow best in bright, indirect light. If the leaves begin to pale, this is a sign that the plant is not getting enough light. The ideal temperature range for this plant is 60-75 degrees Fahrenheit. Begonia soli-mutata can tolerate some humidity, but will do best in humid environments. If the air is too dry, the leaves may suffer from leaf browning or curling.
Water Begonia soli-mutata when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch. Allow the plant to drain after watering and never leave it sitting in water. begonias are susceptible to root rot, so it is important to make sure that the plant is not too wet. Fertilize monthly during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer. Cut back on fertilizer during the winter months.
Be sure to provide Begonia soli-mutata with well-draining soil. A mixture of peat moss and perlite or sand is ideal. This plant can be propagated from stem cuttings or by division. Over time, Begonia soli-mutata will produce offsets that can be carefully removed and potted up on their own.
Pests and diseases are not a major problem for this plant, but mealybugs can occasionally be an issue. If Begonia soli-mutata begins to drop leaves or the leaves start to turn yellow, this is a sign that the plant is not happy. Check the soil moisture, light levels, and temperature to ensure that the plant is in its ideal conditions. If Begonia soli-mutata does not improve, it may need to be replaced.
Moderate to bright indirect light.
Water weekly allowing the top inch of soil to dry out between watering.
Will tolerate dry air but prefer high humidity. Avoid misting, which can lead to problems with powdery mildew.
Average home temperature of 60°F-75°F. If you’re comfortable, the Begonia is comfortable.