Angel wing begonia
Native to: Hybrid
Growth habit: Upright flowering houseplant to 48" in height
Flowers: Yes, pale pink
Temps: Normal indoor temps
Humidity: Not critical.
Pests: Powdery mildew
Houseplant Cultural information: "Angel Wing Begonias" make a nice colorful addition to ones houseplant collection. Angel Wing Begonias were once a very common plant... today nice plants are somewhat difficult to find.
Angel Wing Begonias require bright filtered light for optimum growth and flower production. Any bright east, south, or west facing window that receives some morning sun, or late day sun will do nicely. Heated sunrooms are an excellent place to grow Angel Wing Begonias. If the sunlight is to strong the leaves can curl or burn. Not enough light and the Angel Wing Begonia will elongate and not produce flowers.
In small containers allow the soil to dry about 1/2" from the surface between waterings. Larger containers should dry down about an inch or so. Water thoroughly all the way around the plant until water starts to seep from the drain holes. Remove any standing water from the drip tray to help prevent the Angel Wing Begonia from getting root rot.
Feed monthly with Peter's Houseplant Food if the plant is actively growing. Feed bi-monthly if the Angel Wing Begonia is inactive. If your Begonia plant becomes leggy, cut the stems back to varying heights resulting in tall stems, medium length stems, and short stems. This will allow the plant to grow new foliage various levels creating a nicely shaped plant.
Cuttings from the top of the plant can be rooted in water or vermiculite. Once rooted add them to the mother plant to help fill in the base or pot them up in their own containers with any quality houseplant potting mix.
Common houseplant pests can include: White Fly or Mildews. To learn more about those pesky little white flies visit our White Fly page under houseplant pests.
Angel Wing Begonias are usually grown in 6" or 8" containers. Occasionally larger specimen plants can be found in 10" or 12" pots.
How to Grow Angel Wing Begonias
Angel wing begonias' spotted foliage adds texture and color to gardens and their pendulous clusters of flowers delight gardeners everywhere. They can be planted directly in the ground or in containers and grow easily from seeds or cuttings.
Things You'll Need:
• Organic Compost
• Spray Bottle
• Peat Moss
• Pruning Shears
• Peat Moss
• Pruning Shears
• Plastic Bag
• rooting hormone
• plant stakes or tomato cages
• slow release fertilizer
Select a planting site where the angel wing begonias will receive bright, indirect light or diffused sun and absolutely no wind.
Amend the soil with peat moss or other moisture retaining organic material. Begonias are shallow rooted, the amendments only need to be incorporated into the existing soil to a depth of 8 to 10 inches.
Plant angel wing begonias in the spring from rooted cuttings or 4-inch pots. Plant 8 inches apart in rich, fast draining soil.
Water immediately after planting to settle the soil around the roots.
Keep the soil evenly moist throughout the growing season (spring - fall); reduce water in the winter.
Provide proper drainage. Although angel wings love moisture, they require well-drained soil. Organic compost provides both moisture retaining and draining qualities.
Fertilize with a slow release product for best results. Slow release products vary in application rates, so read the label carefully. Begonias thrive on a continuous source of nutrients.
Support tall plants with bamboo or plastic stakes or tomato cages. In ideal conditions, angel wings will grow up to 5 feet tall.
Tip prune angel wing begonias during the active growing season to keep plants bushy and full. Remove the last two sets of leaves from the ends of long branches. Tip pruning forces multiple growth tips to emerge further down the stem resulting in more branches.
Protect angel wing begonias from frost. Cover or bring indoors until the danger of frost is past. Unlike tuberous begonias, there is nothing below the ground except roots - no tuber or bulb to support the plant over the winter. If the foliage freezes to the ground, you will loose the plant.
Prune old canes that have stopped blooming back to two leaf joints in early spring. Leave the juvenile growth in place, removing only the older canes. New growth will sprout from the remains of the old stems.
Propagate angel wing begonias from stem cuttings in the spring. Cuttings should have at least 4 leaf joints, two of which will be planted under ground. Remove the bottom leaves and add a rooting hormone to encourage new roots to grow from the leaf joints. Place cuttings in a clean pot filled with loose, rich soil and cover with a clear plastic bag to retain moisture. Mist inside the bag once a week, or when the soil feels dry to the touch.
Tips & Warnings
• Angel wings are a member of the cane-type begonia family which get their name from the long stems which have bamboo-like joints. Cane-type begonias come in a wide variety of colors and sizes including ‰??Bubbles', ‰??Honeysuckle' and ‰??Irene Nuss'.
• Angel wing begonias add an interesting contrast in texture when planted in mixed containers.
• In dry climates, provide humidity to container angel wings by adding pebbles to the saucer under the plant.
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