The Begonia ampla is an eye-catching epiphyte with thick creeping stems and large, very broadly ovate leaves. This small shrub is indigenous to equatorial Africa and grows to a height of 2-5 feet when mature. As it prefers cooler temperatures, this makes it an excellent addition to gardens in cooler parts of the world.
When it comes to optimal growth, the Begonia ampla needs a well-draining soil mixture containing a combination of bark, cocopeat, and perlite with semi-shade or light shade and regular watering in the summer and moderate water in the winter.
Between late spring and summer, its clusters of delicate, lightly scented flowers will appear in gorgeous shades of pink, off-white and white - rising above the leaves on the stem, creating a truly captivating sight. Repotting should be done every 1-2 years to ensure that the potting mix remains in good condition. Furthermore, a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer should be applied every 2 weeks during the growing season.
Despite being a perennial, the Begonia ampla is USDA hardy only in zones 9-11 and therefore should be kept indoors in cooler climates and protected from temperatures below freezing. The soil should be kept lightly moist but not wet in order to prevent root rot caused by standing water. During winter dormancy, ensure that all water is withheld until the following spring.