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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Begonia Maculata 'Tamaya’ (Updated 2021)

I had recently found this in the nursery that I often visit. Identified as Begonia Maculata 'Tamaya'. It's actually not a true name as 'Tamaya' is actually referred as a style where the bamboo like cane begonia been groomed as such like an umbrella feather where the plant is just a cane and rising up forming many shoots coming forth from top crown - like a topiary style.

This growing condition style is called "Standard Form" as such identified as 'Tamaya'.
And such - You can actually groom the 'Tamaya' style to any Cane Begonias that have that bamboo like features - especially the Albo picta species, Lucerna species and the ones that appears to be hardy.

However, I had faced challenges when identifying this particular species and somehow here locally this is currently identified as 'Tamaya'. 

Until I truly identified the real identification of this particular species/hybrid - I'm just identifying this as a common Begonia Maculata 'Tamaya' for now.


The foliage appeared to slight waves at the leaf edges and the spots also having an compressed feature on the foliage surface.  Another noteworthy characteristic is that there are red veins appearing at the back of the foliage.

A friend had passed me two cuttings of this one in exchange with my begonia collection. It took awhile for it to grow - however it is quite stable and appearing hardy. Eventually it grew at a steady pace and manage to put out 2 leaves almost like every proceeding month.

Unlike Begonia Maculata species where the spots are irregular in size and it's uniformly spaced out. These do not have such spots - rather it has more like speckles than spots - and these 'dots' don't appear bigger when the leaf grows larger in size.

I have yet to see the blooms yet to truly identify the type of this breed. 
If in any case - if the flowers turn out to be in white - there are high chances that this is from a "Maculata" hybrid, otherwise if it is more on pink then most likely its from the Albo picta parentage.

I have to observe and see how this one goes. As such maintain and growing this one is currently the first priority for now.

One of the slight variation that I had recently found is the leaf edges have jagged features.

In comparison with the Begonia Maculata 'Tamaya’ (above) with Begonia Maculata Albo Picta (below)
Do note the foliage leaf structure difference.

Care & Cultivation:

Just like most Cane Begonia species - this one is grown on a medium:
50% coco chip mixed with sand & potting mix. I found this medium used for propagation by the nursery owner - I had slightly added the same medium type and re-pot it in a bigger pot.
So far - the plant doubled it's size.


I started using 3-4 pieces of Osmocote as fertilizer - 2 week once.
Alternatively I spray root hormone (Seaweed solution) also used another rooting hormone (Vitamin B1) a solution for stronger root growth as these are prone for root rot.


Slightly spray water once a day in the morning and refrain watering rainy days.
I do water twice a day on a dry and hot days - it's depending on the weather.

 Apart from this variation.

Other matters are very much similar with the general information about Cane Begonias.
Do click below for more information on Cane Begonias.
Cane Begonia Care & Cultivation information.

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