Angel Wing Begonia – Flowering plants

Angel Wing Begonia - Flowering plants

Angel Wing Begonia is a decorative, flowering plant. It has large, angel wing-shaped, dark green leaves, often with metallic silver specks. The underside of the leaf is usually a deep red. The Angelwing begonia blooms during summer. These flowers are a small waxy type that grows in groups from the stems, and kind of droop or hangs. The flowers commonly bloom bright red to light pink in color.

Scientific Name: Begonia x corallina hybrids
Common Names: Angel Wing Begonia

How to grow and maintain Angel Wing Begonia:

Light:
It grows well in bright indirect sunlight originating from the south, east or west window. It also thrives under fluorescent lights. Avoid direct sun which can scorch the leaves.

Soil:
It requires a well-drained, peat moss based soil, such as African violet potting mix.

Water:
Water your plant regularly during the growing season and always keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. You can allow the top 1 inch of soil to dry out between each watering. During the winter months, reduce watering.

Temperature:
It prefers an average room temperature of 65 – 75 degrees Fahrenheit / 18 – 24 degrees Celsius. Angel Wing Begonia is not cold- tolerant and can be harmed by temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit / 13 degrees Celsius.

Fertilizer:
Feed every two weeks spring through fall with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half. Do not feed your plant during the dormant period.

Re-potting:
Begonia is rhizomatous, growing from a thick, fleshy rhizome that grows just below the surface of the soil. Re-pot in spring when the rhizome outgrows the pot. Because rhizomes have shallow roots, a shallow pot will do.

Propagation:
It can be easily propagated by stem cuttings or leaf cuttings. Take three inches to stem cuttings with leaves in early summer and root them in a moist, sterile potting blend. Cover with plastic or a glass cloche to raise the humidity around it until new leaves form.

Pests and Diseases:
Begonia has no serious pest or disease problems. Begonia is susceptible to attacks from spider mites, mealybugs, and aphids.

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