- Begonia sp is an uncommon Begonia which has shimmering green-blue leaves which evoke a peacock’S feathers. Therefore this Begonia is also known as the ‘Peacock Begonia’. The underside of the leaf is red. Begonia sp can be kept as both in a terrarium or as a greenhouse plant.
- When light hits the leaves from a certain angle, they light up with a shimmering metallic blue similar to a Morpho butterfly. The plant is found only in the cool, mountain forests of Malaysia. The iridescence of its leaves is a fascinating adaptation to low light levels of the forest floor. If you can provide the right conditions, it is easy to grow.
- Best blue color seems to develop when the plants are grown very shady, humid, & somewhat cool. It seems to grow okay warmer but the leaf color is better when on the cool side. How Cool is too cool? I don’t know but I can say that I grow this species asa mature plant with 50-52F nights in the winter and it does just fine.
Note: The color is a product of ambient temperature, humidity and the angle of light impinging on the leaf.
- This Begonia is happiest in temperatures between about 55 and 75 degrees degrees F (24°C).
- It prefers slightly alkaline soil.
- High humidity.