Begonia darthvaderiana was discovered in 2013 near West Kalimantan. It slightly resembles Begonia chlorosticta in its growth, and it’s temperamental nature. It has been making its way into the hobby gradually over the past year, and I am happy to now be growing this species.
This species should be grown in terrarium culture only, not an open-air environment. Like many of the more sensitive Begonias, care should be taken not to leave water standing on the leaves, but rather, moistening of the roots directly at the root base to maintain constant high moisture to prevent drying out. I have been growing this species on potting soil long term. It does not like temperatures above 80F, and should ideally be maintained between 70-75F. Even short spikes above 80F can cause the plant to wilt quickly. You can read more about the culture of this species here.
While costly, the only other plants I have seen available for sale have sold for 175.00-360.00 for comparably sized plants. I will not be selling these on the webstore directly for now but instead be going off of a wait list. Please get in touch if you are interested. There is no deposit required. When I have the plants ready, I will email you with details.
Because this species wilts so easily in high temperatures, I will only be shipping when temperatures are forecasted between 55-75F. I think priority mail will suffice, but I will also be offering overnight service at cost. If you are able to pick up, you are welcome to. I am located in Portland, OR. The plants will have at least three leaves and will be well rooted.
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