This plant was received simply at Begonia brevirimosa, but it is likely the cultivar or subspecies known as Begonia brevirimosa var. exotica. It is a shrub-type Begonia species from New Guinea. Always in demand, but a challenging species to grow and a temperamental shipper (dropping some or all leaves during shipment is normal…try to root them, and also take care of the main cane and it will bounce back). Sold rooted in a 2″ cup; minimum size will be 2 leaves, but may be larger.
General Care Information
A shrub-type Begonia that happens to do well in vivarium conditions. Leaf color and quantity will vary from individual to individual based on age and culture conditions here; do not expect your plants to look identical to either of the ones shown here! Young leaves start out green and don’t reveal their full potential until much larger sizes (leaves can easily be 5-6″ in length or longer). This plant can reach a height of 2-3 feet, so definitely only as a showpiece in larger vivariums.
While requiring high humidity, it does not like wet leaves, they will quickly rot and fall off. In fact, this is (in my opinion) a somewhat challenging species…I can grow it well, but keeping all the leaves on the plants is tough! Good air circulation will likely improve your growth results.
About MiniWaters Vivarium Plants
Any plant whose cultivation condition is denoted as “sanitized” has been put through MiniWater’s bleach treatment and have been held in animal-free conditions following this treatment. While we do not guarantee our plants to be disease and pest free, we believe we are offering the lowest-risk plants possible. We encourage all customers to sanitize any plants they purchase from us, or any other vendor or hobbyist, prior to their use with your animals.
Visit www.MiniWaters.fish/vivplants for further details about how we grow our plants animal-free with organic methodologies while integrated pest management protocols, as well as detailed instructions for our bleach-sanitizing process.