The ID of this cultivar is uncertain; it is likely a cultivar known as “Tiger Paws” which may be a representative of the species Begonia bowerae. A stunning Begonia I received from a fellow aquarist and gardener, Janine Banks of Vermont. She knew it only as “Tiger” as she received it from a friend, and I returned home with a few leaves from which all my plants originated. Mrs. Bank’s original plant is quite dark in color, has grown to a considerable size in her home, and receives low light levels. When cultivated under LED lights here, the plant transforms into a vibrant, highly patterned plant of reasonable size, well suited to vivarium life. Leaves are 1-2″ in size. It is a show stopper, and people snag it anytime I offer it. Sold in a 2″ cup, generally 3-4 leaves. 2″ XLG, just more leaves, bigger rhizome!
General Care Information
This is a rhizomatous begonia, that does well in vivarium type conditions. It likes humidity, but also likes excellent drainage and seem to not be fans of wet leaves (so air circulation is a big plus). At times, Begonias do not ship well and can drop leaves in different conditions. So, be sure to save any dropped or broken leaves upon arrival and attempt to propagate them in case the original plant fails – we *instantly* create “insurance frags” of any new Begonia we receive here!
About MiniWaters Vivarium Plants
Any plant whose cultivation condition is denoted as “sanitized” has been put through MiniWater’s bleach treatment and has 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.