How to Start Angel Wing Begonias


These tender perennials are a common house plant that has dark green white-spotted leaves and delicate pink, red or orange flowers. The angel wing begonia is a fast-growing plant that is easily propagated from leaf cuttings and will last years with proper care. If you know of someone that has a plant or you have one and would like to grow another, you can easily start another angel wing begonia at home with a few basic steps.

Step 1

Take a cutting from the top of the plant including both a part of the stem and a leaf too. Place in a clean jar filled with water so the cut side is submerged under the water. Set in a sunny windowsill for about 2 to 3 weeks or until the roots have reached approximately 2 inches in length.

Step 2

Fill a small 6-inch flower pot with organic potting soil to within 1 inch of the rim. Place the sprouted cutting down into the middle of the soil with at least one-inch of the stem below the soil surface. Gently firm over to hold the cutting in place.

Step 3

Water consistently every other day to keep the soil moist but never soggy. Check each day and water if the top 1 inch of soil is dry.

Step 4

Set the pot in a south facing windowsill so it gets plenty of sunlight daily. If necessary, place under fluorescent lights if growing during the winter time or if there isn't enough natural light.

Step 5

Fertilize your cutting every two weeks with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer such as 5-5-5. Dilute the amount of fertilizer in half and do not feed when the cutting starts to flower.

Step 6

Re-pot the cutting once it has become well established and is starting to show real growth, usually after a couple months. Keep trimmed back so the plant does not get too scraggly, continue watering to keep the soil moist, give plenty of light daily whether natural or fluorescent and feed every couple weeks with a balanced fertilizer except when flowering.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not let soil dry out completely in between watering.

Things You'll Need

  • Jar
  • Peat
  • Perlite
  • Flower pot
  • African Violet potting soil


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Residing in Southern Oregon, Amy Madtson has been writing for Demand Studios since 2008 with a focus on health, pregnancy, crafts and gardening. Her work has been published on websites such as eHow and Garden Guides, among others. Madtson has been a childbirth educator and doula since 1993.