Eyelash Begonia - B. Bowerae.

What You Need to Know About the Eyelash Begonia – B. Bowerae

This bushy, stemless plant from Mexico is grown for its foliage rather than its flowers, which are small and pale pink. It has attractive heart- shaped, light green leaves with irreg­ular darker markings around their edges. The common name of eyelash begonia is derived from the short hairs that fringe the leaf edges.

Size: Height 6—9 in. (15—25 cm).

Light: Indirect sunlight.

Temperature: Normal room.

Moisture: Keep moist from spring to fall; water sparingly in winter.

Feeding: Use standard liquid fertil­izer every two weeks from spring to fall.

Propagation: Divide at any time, or take leaf cuttings in spring.

Special needs: High humidity is important, so place the pot on a tray of moist pebbles and mist regularly. Good hygiene is also critical where humidity is high because gray mold thrives in such conditions. Remove damaged and dying leaves.