Little Brother Montgomery Begonia Begonia 'Little Brother Montgomery'

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
begonia 'Little Brother Montgomery'


Begonia 'Little Brother Montgomery' is an attractive perennial known for its ornamental qualities. It features a lush mound of foliage with leaves that can vary in color from deep green to bronze, often with a metallic sheen. The foliage is asymmetrical, with a distinctive wing-like shape and a prominent central vein that is typically a contrasting shade. The leaves are edged with delicate, tooth-like serrations, giving them a textured appearance. Throughout its blooming season, this begonia displays clusters of flowers, which hang in delicate pendulous cymes. The blooms come in various shades such as white, pink, or red, offering a charming contrast against the rich foliage. Each flower is composed of multiple petals that are delicate and can appear slightly ruffled, contributing to the plant’s overall soft and inviting aesthetic. This variety tends to have a bushy, compact growth habit, which makes it popular for container gardening or as part of a shaded garden bed. Its dense and mounded form is an eye-catching element in any space it inhabits, provided it receives the care needed for optimal growth and visual appeal.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Begonia 'Little Brother Montgomery' does not have widely recognized common names distinct from the general category of begonias, as it is a specific cultivar name.

    • Common names

      Begonia 'Little Brother Montgomery'.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-1.5 ft (30-45 cm)

    • Spread

      1-1.5 ft (30-45 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      South America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Easy to Grow: Adaptable and tolerates a range of indoor environments.
    • Aesthetic Appeal: Offers beautiful foliage with intricate patterns and colors.
    • Long Blooming Season: Produces attractive flowers for extended periods.
    • Compact Growth: Ideal for small spaces and container gardening.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care beyond basic watering and lighting conditions.
    • Propagation: Can be easily propagated through leaf or stem cuttings to create new plants.
    • Humidity Tolerance: Thrives in a variety of humidity levels commonly found in homes.
    • Shade Tolerance: Grows well in low light conditions, making it suitable for shaded rooms.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Photography Prop: The vibrant foliage and blooms of Begonias can add a splash of color and life to a photograph, especially for macro photography enthusiasts.
    • Edible Flowers: Certain types of Begonias, including 'Little Brother Montgomery', have edible flowers that can be used to garnish salads or desserts for a touch of color and a citrusy flavor.
    • Art and Craft Inspiration: Artists and crafters can use the unique patterns and colors of the Begonia leaves as inspiration for designs, paintings, and textile patterns.
    • Living Jewelry: Small Begonia plants or leaves can be incorporated into living jewelry pieces like necklaces or rings, offering a unique, natural aesthetic.
    • Education: These plants can be used to teach botany and horticulture, demonstrating concepts of plant care, propagation, and hybridization.
    • Seasonal Decorations: During the holidays, Begonias can be included in festive arrangements or used to decorate tables and mantles.
    • Fish Aquariums: Some hobbyists use Begonia leaves to add a natural element to fish tanks, though they're not aquatic plants, so they shouldn't be submerged long-term.
    • Plant Competitions: Begonia enthusiasts may grow 'Little Brother Montgomery' for entry into plant or flower shows due to its attractive appearance.
    • Color Dye: The pigments in Begonia petals can potentially be used to create natural dyes for fabrics or paper.
    • Therapeutic Gardening: Cultivating Begonias can be a therapeutic hobby, helping to reduce stress and promote a sense of well-being.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Begonia is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Begonia is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Beware - Begonias often symbolize a sense of caution or warning, suggesting that one should tread carefully in certain situations or relationships.
    • Gratitude - They can also represent heartfelt appreciation and gratitude, making them suitable for saying thank you.
    • Individuality - With their unique appearance, begonias signify the value of standing out from the crowd and celebrating one's individuality.
    • Harmony - The plant may encourage balance and peace in one's personal environment or relationships.
    • Unconventional Beauty - Sometimes associated with a non-traditional type of beauty, begonias remind us that attractiveness comes in many forms.

Every 10-14 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every year
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Begonia 'Little Brother Montgomery' prefers consistently moist soil but is sensitive to overwatering. It is best to water when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Generally, this means watering approximately once a week, but this can vary depending on the humidity and temperature of your home. Offer water slowly around the base of the plant until you see moisture begin to escape through the drainage holes—using about 8 to 16 ounces for a standard 6-inch pot. Always ensure good drainage to prevent root rot, and reduce watering frequency in the winter months when the plant is not actively growing.

  • sunLight

    Begonias like 'Little Brother Montgomery' thrive in bright, indirect sunlight. The best spot for this plant is near a window that receives plenty of light but is shielded from the direct rays of the sun, especially during the harsh midday hours. An east-facing window is often ideal, as it provides the gentle morning light that these plants appreciate. Avoid placing your begonia in low light conditions, which can lead to leggy growth and fewer flowers.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Begonias like 'Little Brother Montgomery' grow best in temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit but can survive in temperatures as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid exposing the plant to temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, as cold drafts and chills can damage the plant. It's important to keep the begonia away from heating and cooling vents to maintain consistent temperature conditions.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Begonia 'Little Brother Montgomery' helps to maintain its shape and encourage bushier growth. Pinch back new growth occasionally throughout the growing season, which is generally from spring to fall. Remove any yellowing or dead leaves as needed to keep the plant looking tidy and to prevent potential disease issues. The best time for a more substantial pruning is in the spring just as new growth begins, but light pruning can be done at any time of year.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for Begonia 'Little Brother Montgomery', commonly known as Begonia, is a well-draining, porous mix with a combination of peat moss, perlite, and compost to ensure high organic content and moisture retention. A soil pH between 5.5 and 6.5 is ideal for this plant.

  • plantRepotting

    Begonias, like the Begonia 'Little Brother Montgomery', should be repotted every one to two years to replenish the soil and provide room for root growth. Care must be taken to not damage the delicate roots during the process.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Begonia 'Little Brother Montgomery' thrives in high humidity conditions, preferably between 50% and 70%. It is important to maintain consistent humidity to promote healthy growth and bloom.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and maintain high humidity.

    • Outdoor

      Partial shade, protect from harsh sun and heavy rain.

    • Hardiness zone

      10-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Begonia 'Little Brother Montgomery' starts its life as a seed, germinating in warm, moist soil where it will develop its first set of leaves. After the seedling stage, it grows into a young plant with a stronger root system and more leaves, which are asymmetrical and can have a variety of colors and patterns. As it matures into an adult plant, it produces clusters of flowers that can be white, pink, or red, depending on the variety, attracting pollinators for sexual reproduction. Once pollinated, the flowers develop into winged seed capsules containing numerous tiny seeds. After the blooming period, in colder climates or seasonal changes, the plant may enter dormancy, with reduced growth and a focus on energy conservation. With proper care, Begonia 'Little Brother Montgomery' will continue its growth cycle year after year, eventually reaching its full size and repeating its flowering stage in subsequent seasons.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • The Begonia 'Little Brother Montgomery' is commonly propagated through leaf cuttings, a method that can be done virtually any time of the year, but is especially successful during the plant's active growing season, which is spring and summer. This process involves taking a healthy leaf from the plant, cutting it into sections, each with a main vein. These sections are then laid flat on a moist potting mix, with the cut vein touching the soil. To maintain humidity, you can cover the setup with a clear plastic bag or place it in a propagator. In a few weeks, you should see tiny new plants beginning to form at the vein cuts, and once they have developed a good root system, they can be carefully potted up into individual containers.