How to Grow Angel Wing Begonia

Overview

The Angel Wing begonia is a hybrid between Begonia coccinea and B. aconitifolia. This begonia has thick, vibrantly-colored leaves and pale pink, delicate flowers. The Angel Wing begonia grows quickly, up to 8 inches tall and 12 inches wide, and it can be grown outdoors only in tropical regions but makes for an excellent houseplant. The Angel Wing begonia enjoys normal indoor air temperatures and the indirect lighting conditions provided beside a window. You can grow an Angel Wing begonia easily indoors and enjoy beautiful foliage year round.

Step 1

Fill an 8-inch diameter planter pot that has drainage holes in the bottom with a rich, all-purpose potting soil. Plant the Angel Wing begonia in the pot at the same depth as it was planted in the nursery container.

Step 2

Place the Angel Wing begonia in bright, indirect, filtered light. Keep the plant away from drafty areas and heating or air conditioning vents.

Step 3

Water your Angel Wing begonia deeply and evenly two or three times each week, watering until the water begins to drain from the drainage holes in the bottom. Water your begonia when the top ½ to 1 inch of soil in the pot begins to feel dry to the touch.

Step 4

Feed your Angel Wing begonia once each month during the active growing season with an all-purpose liquid houseplant fertilizer, following the dosage instructions on the label. Feed the begonia once every two months during the dormant season.

Step 5

Trim the plant's stems back slightly at varying lengths if the Angel Wing begonia begins to look ragged or "leggy." Create long, medium and short stems working from the center and top of the plant out to the bottom and sides.

Tips and Warnings

  • Watch out for pests infesting your Angel Wing begonia, such as mealybugs and whiteflies. Treat the begonia with an appropriate insecticide or spray according to the instructions on the label.

Things You'll Need

  • Angel Wing begonia
  • Planter pot, 8-inch diameter
  • All-purpose potting soil
  • Liquid houseplant fertilizer
  • Pruning shears

References

  • Denver Plants: Angel Wing Begonia

Who Can Help

  • Toronto Botanical Garden: Growing Begonias
  • MyGardenPlans.com: Angel Wing Begonia
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