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Begonia Black Velvet, with its stunning dark foliage and unique texture, is a striking choice for a terrarium. This care sheet will guide you through the essentials of keeping your Begonia Black Velvet healthy and thriving in a terrarium environment.

1. Terrarium Selection:

  • Choose a terrarium with a lid or cover to create a humid environment, as Begonia Black Velvet prefers high humidity levels.

2. Lighting:

  • Indirect, filtered light is ideal. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the delicate foliage.
  • LED grow lights with adjustable intensity and a timer can provide consistent and controlled lighting for your terrarium.

3. Temperature and Humidity:

  • Maintain a temperature range between 65°F to 75°F (18°C to 24°C).
  • Begonia Black Velvet thrives in high humidity, ideally around 60% to 70%. Use a hygrometer to monitor humidity levels.
  • Mist the terrarium daily or as needed to maintain humidity.

4. Substrate:

  • Choose a well-draining, peat-based potting mix to ensure good aeration for the roots.
  • A layer of sphagnum moss or perlite at the bottom of the terrarium can aid in moisture retention.

5. Watering:

  • Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water when the top inch of soil feels slightly dry to the touch.
  • Use a spray bottle to water gently or a watering can with a narrow spout to avoid overwatering or disturbing the plant.

6. Fertilization:

  • Feed your Begonia Black Velvet with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half-strength during the growing season (spring to early autumn).
  • Reduce or cease fertilization during the dormant period in winter.

7. Pruning and Maintenance:

  • Regularly remove any yellowing or damaged leaves to encourage new growth.
  • Prune the plant to maintain its desired shape and size.

8. Pest Management:

  • Keep an eye out for common indoor plant pests such as aphids, mealybugs, or spider mites. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

9. Terrarium Environment:

  • Ensure good air circulation within the terrarium to prevent fungal issues.
  • Avoid overcrowding by providing adequate space for your Begonia Black Velvet to grow and breathe.

10. Pot Selection:

  • Choose a pot or container that allows for some room for root growth but not excessively large, as Begonia Black Velvet prefers snug quarters.

11. Repotting:

  • Repot your Begonia Black Velvet when it becomes root-bound, typically every 2-3 years.
  • Use a slightly larger pot with fresh potting mix during repotting.

12. Dormancy:

  • Begonia Black Velvet may go through a period of dormancy during winter. During this time, reduce watering and cease fertilization. Keep the terrarium in a slightly cooler location.

With proper care and attention to its specific needs, your Begonia Black Velvet can thrive and become a captivating centerpiece in your terrarium. Enjoy the rich, velvety foliage and the unique charm it adds to your miniature garden.

Begonia Black Velvet - Med plug

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