The angel wing begonia (Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum) is a cane-type begonia with broad leaves and brittle limbs that grows 18 inches tall and wide. While angel wing begonias are grown as an annual in some parts of the United States, its fragile limbs make it more appropriate for containers and hanging baskets where the plant can be protected. Angel wing begonias are an excellent choice for planting in containers on patios or decks, and add a splash of color in a shady location, such as under a shade tree.
things you’ll need:
- Potting soil
- Planting container with drainage holes
- Water-soluble fertilizer for container plants
- Prepare a well-drained container that is 2 inches wider than the root system of the angel wing begonia plant. This will prevent the formation of fungus and mildew in excess potting soil as it holds moisture and begins to rot.
- Fill the container with potting soil that comes from a closed container that is not exposed to outside air. Potting soil exposed to outside air may contain insect eggs or disease pathogens that attack the roots of the plant after it is planted.
- Plant the angel wing begonia plant at the same level it is planted in the previous container. Water the newly planted angel wing begonia thoroughly to settle the soil around the roots. Add more potting soil as needed to provide complete coverage of the root system with the potting soil.
- Locate the newly-planted angel wing begonia where it is not subject to wind damage. The angel wing begonia has brittle branches that break easily in a windy location. It does well in bright light or partial shade with morning sun exposure. Angel wing begonias are highly susceptible to damage from exposure to frost, excess heat and harsh sunlight. The optimal temperatures for raising angel wing begonias is between 62 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Water the angel wing begonia as often as necessary to keep the soil moist, but not wet, around the roots of the plant. Do not allow the leaves of the plant to become wet during the watering process. Spraying water on the leaves of an angel wing begonia invites mildew problems.
- Fertilize the angel wing begonia twice a month with a water-soluble plant fertilizer appropriate for container plants. Dilute the fertilizer to half strength. Full-strength fertilizer causes the leaf margins on the angel wing begonia to turn brown and decreases bloom production.