Wax Begonia Begonia 'Martin Johnson' (R)

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
begonia 'Martin Johnson'


Begonia 'Martin Johnson' is a stunning ornamental plant known for its distinctive foliage and blossoms. The leaves are a standout feature, boasting a bold green color with a unique pattern that may vary from leaf to leaf. The texture of the leaves is typically lush and somewhat waxy to the touch, contributing to the plant's robust appearance. The flowers of Begonia 'Martin Johnson' are equally impressive, presenting in vibrant hues that can range from delicate pinks to rich, intense reds or oranges. These blossoms are typically small to medium in size and grow in clusters, which adds to the plant's decorative appeal. Flowers might be present throughout various seasons, depending on the specific growing conditions and care the plant receives. Overall, Begonia 'Martin Johnson' presents a full and bushy appearance that makes it a favorite among gardeners and houseplant enthusiasts alike. Its striking leaves and charming flowers create a visual spectacle that can enhance the aesthetic of any garden space or indoor area where it is displayed.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Martin Johnson Begonia, Rieger Begonia

    • Common names

      Begonia 'Martin Johnson'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Begonia, including the Begonia 'Martin Johnson', is considered non-toxic to humans. While it is generally safe, ingestion can cause mild irritation in the mouth, throat, and may cause nausea or vomiting in some individuals due to the presence of insoluble oxalates.

    • To pets

      Begonia, including the Begonia 'Martin Johnson', is toxic to pets such as dogs and cats. If ingested, it can cause oral irritation, drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing. The insoluble oxalates found in the plant can result in these symptoms. If a pet has ingested begonia, it is advisable to contact a veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Central America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Adds vibrant color and texture to gardens or indoor spaces with its attractive foliage and flowers.
    • Easy to Care For: Requires minimal maintenance, making it suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Versatility: Can be grown in a variety of settings, including containers, hanging baskets, or garden beds.
    • Long Blooming Season: Produces flowers for an extended period, often from spring to fall, providing long-lasting visual interest.
    • Attracts Pollinators: Flowers can attract beneficial insects like bees and butterflies to the garden, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Compact Growth: Suitable for small spaces due to its compact size, it can thrive in limited space environments like apartments and balconies.

  • 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 subject - The vibrant colors and patterns of Begonia 'Martin Johnson' make it a popular choice for floral photographers and enthusiasts seeking to capture the beauty of unique plant specimens.
    • Art inspiration - Artists may draw inspiration from the intricate patterns and hues of the leaves for their paintings, drawings, or textile designs.
    • Educational model - This plant can be used in biology classes to teach about hybridization, plant genetics, and the diversity of leaf forms in the plant kingdom.
    • Floral arrangements - Although not commonly used, the leaves can add an exotic touch to floral arrangements when combined with other flowers and foliage.
    • Terrariums - Begonia 'Martin Johnson' can be featured as a striking centerpiece in a terrarium, offering visual interest with its foliage.
    • Wedding decor - The plant's leaves can be incorporated into wedding decor, offering a lush, green backdrop or as part of table centerpieces.
    • Fashion design - The unique appearance of Begonia 'Martin Johnson' can inspire patterns and motifs in fashion design for clothes and accessories.
    • Botanical illustration - The distinct look of this begonia is perfect for botanical illustrators who wish to capture the diversity of plant life in their work.
    • Crafting - Leaves and flowers can be used in various crafting activities, like making printed patterns on fabrics or paper.
    • Color palettes - Interior designers and decorators may use the plant as inspiration for developing color schemes for rooms and spaces.

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

    • Caution: In the language of flowers, begonia often represents caution or a warning to be careful, suggesting that one should think twice before proceeding in a given situation.
    • Deep Thoughts: Featuring complex, intricate blooms, begonias can symbolize deep thought or contemplation.
    • Unconventional Spirit: Begonias are unique in their appearance and have come to represent individuality and an unconventional spirit.
    • Friendship: Some believe begonias can stand for friendship and deep affection, as they are commonly gifted to friends and loved ones.
    • Harmony: The symmetry and balance often found in begonia flowers can symbolize harmony and balance in one's life.

Every 10 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every year
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Begonia 'Martin Johnson,' also known as Martin Johnson Begonia, should be watered thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. This typically means watering once every 7 to 10 days, but the frequency may need to be adjusted based on the humidity and temperature of your home. When watering, it is important to gently pour water until it begins to run out of the bottom of the pot, ensuring the root system is adequately saturated. Use room temperature water to avoid shocking the plant. Typically, using about 8 to 16 ounces of water per plant should be sufficient, but always check the soil moisture before adding more water.

  • sunLight

    The Martin Johnson Begonia thrives in bright, indirect light. It is best situated in a spot where it will receive plenty of light without being exposed to direct sunlight, which can scorch the leaves. An east or west-facing window with sheer curtains to diffuse the light is ideal for this plant.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Martin Johnson Begonia prefers temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It can survive a minimum temperature of about 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and a maximum of around 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The ideal temperature range creates a comfortable environment for the plant to thrive in typical indoor conditions.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune the Martin Johnson Begonia to maintain its shape and encourage bushier growth. This should be done as needed when you notice any dead or yellowing leaves. Light pruning can be done at any time, but more extensive pruning is best done in the spring before new growth begins. Pinch off the tips of the stems to promote fuller growth.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Begonia 'Martin Johnson' prefers a well-draining soil mix with equal parts peat, pine bark, and perlite or sand to promote aeration and prevent waterlogging. The ideal soil pH for this Begonia should be mildly acidic to neutral, ranging from about 5.5 to 6.5.

  • plantRepotting

    Begonia 'Martin Johnson' typically requires repotting every 1-2 years or whenever it outgrows its current pot. It's best to repot in spring or early summer to allow the plant to recover during its active growing period.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Begonia 'Martin Johnson' thrives in high humidity conditions, ideally between 60% to 70%. It is important to maintain consistent humidity without fluctuation to ensure the health and growth of the plant.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light with high humidity.

    • Outdoor

      Shelter from direct sun, protect from frost, high humidity.

    • Hardiness zone

      10-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Begonia 'Martin Johnson' starts its life cycle with seed germination, where the seeds require warmth and moisture to sprout. Once established, the seedlings grow into juvenile plants, developing characteristic asymmetrical leaves and branching stems in a vegetative stage. As the plants mature, they enter a phase of flowering where they produce distinctive flowers, often attracting pollinators if outdoors. Following pollination, the flowers develop into seed capsules, which upon drying, release seeds, thus completing the reproductive cycle. In optimal conditions, Begonia 'Martin Johnson' may also propagate asexually through leaf or stem cuttings, which root to form new plants. The mature plants then enter a period of senescence and die back, especially if exposed to temperatures below their tolerance, yet they can regrow if the tuberous rootstock is protected or brought indoors.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The Begonia 'Martin Johnson', commonly known as Begonia, can be propagated effectively through leaf cuttings, which is the most popular method for this plant. To propagate by leaf cuttings, select a healthy, mature leaf and cut it into pieces, each with at least one vein. Lay the leaf pieces vein-side down on moistened potting mix in a tray. Cover the tray with plastic to create a greenhouse effect, keeping the humidity high, which is essential for rooting. Place the tray in bright, indirect light and maintain the soil moisture without soaking it. Roots and new shoots will typically begin to form in a few weeks, at which point the new plantlets can be potted separately. This propagation is usually done during the spring or early summer months when the plant is actively growing and can recover quickly from the loss of leaf material.