The Black Mamba has large, velvety, almost black leaves that can get very large as it ages (up to 30cm across!). The flowers are pink and contrast against the dark colour leaves. Being easy to grow, it is a definite must-have for all growers! It needs to be placed in partial shade to full shade as they do well in lower light situations, resulting in a more intense colouration. Like most rhizomatous Begonia, it should be well watered and allowed to dry slightly before the next watering.
Light: Place the plant in a well-ventilated area whereby it can receive 4-6 hours of bright (preferably indirect) sunlight daily.
Water: Once a day, water the plants thoroughly till excess water drains out of the pot. Do not allow the potting substrate to dry out completely.
Temperature: Plant tolerates temperatures from 23-30°C.
Fertilizer: An all-purpose, water-soluble balanced fertilizer that contains an equal amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (e.g. N-P-K: 15-15-15 +TE) will help to boost the plant's overall health by feeding it every two weeks. Otherwise, a slow-release fertilizer (e.g. Osmocote) can be incorporated into the potting media, and to be replenished after about 2-3 months. Do follow the recommended dosage indicated on the fertilizer’s application instructions.
*Product photo shown is for reference only. Actual product may vary as each individual plant has its own appearance (colours, form and size), and pot colour may differ from photo.