Angel Wing Begonia (Cane Begonia)

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Have you ever considered starting a garden or indoor house plant collection? If your answer is yes, this article will help you. Given the various plants around us, getting overwhelmed with which type to get is customary. Continue reading this article and get to know more about Angel wing begonia. This very colorful and beautiful flowering plant will surely get anyone’s attention.

Origin & Types Of Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia is native to South America. Typically, this plant grows in subtropical and tropical climates. Although this is a hybrid species, it is a perennial plant. It is a cross between Begonia Aconitifolia and Begonia coccinea. Some trendy varieties include Medora Angel Wing, Pink Angel Wing Begonia, Spotted Angel Wing Begonia, and Red Angel Wing Begonia, with an alluring fragrance and appearance. They might even bloom year-round. For your easy reference, we listed some of the varieties of Angel Wing Begonia we think would be nice to have:

  • ‘Esther Albertine’ – This variety produces large, hanging clusters of pink flowers. At the same time, its leaves are wavy and have silver spots.
  • ‘Silver Wings‘ – The leaves of this variety are similar to an angel wing and have silver spots on them.
  • Begonia ‘Splash‘ – The leaves of this variety has white splashes on them and produce pink to magenta flowers.
  • Looking Glass‘ – This variety has silver leaves with green veins and pink flowers when it blooms.
  • ‘Anna Christine‘ – This large variety of Begonia can grow up to 4 feet tall and produces red flowers.
  • ‘Charles Jaros‘ – This variety is cute as it can only grow up to 18-20 centimeters and produces pink flowers.

Features of Angel Wing Begonia

This plant is named after the shape of its leaves. Spotted Angel wing begonia varies in size and height. If you are thinking about how to care for this plant, it is one of the easiest Begonias to grow. Because of this, it is usually seen as an indoor plant. Indoor Angel wing begonia is commonly used as a desk or shrub-like floor plant.

Angel wing begonia can grow up to 5 feet tall. The leaves can range in various colors but are usually dark green with metallic or frosty silver specks. Other features of this plant are thick stems, large nodes, and pendant-like drooping flowers. The flowers bloom in large clusters of white, orange, pink, or red colors. With proper care, the flowers may bloom for up to a year.

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Angel Wing Begonia Care

The plant needs bright indirect sunlight. It can also tolerate low-light environments, but flowers will not usually bloom in this scenario. Although it is not as sensitive to sunlight as your Rex begonia, avoiding giving too hot direct sunlight is better. Angel wing begonia thrives in an environment from 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. However, it can tolerate temperatures of not less than 50 degrees Fahrenheit. A high humidity level of around 50 percent is advisable for this plant to thrive.

You may plant your Angel Wing Begonia in a well-draining soil mixture or a soilless mixture high in organic material. This type of plant likes moist soil. Water this plant regularly and avoid overwatering them, as most plants do not survive this situation. Ideally, you must also check if the soil is dry before watering your plant. Make sure to keep the soil slightly moist than wet or overly dry.

Ideally, you can feed this plant with houseplant food rich in nitrogen to promote larger leaves. When your plant is growing, it has a different type of fertilizer requirement. Your fertilizer must be rich in phosphorus and be fed every two weeks.

Angel Wing Begonia Growth

If your plant is starting to grow tall and leggy, it is probably the best time for you to prune and propagate it. You can prune an Angel Wing Begonia by making a cut or pinching. Check the following steps:

Pruning Method #1: Pruning By Making A Cut

  • Use sharp and clean cutting shears to remove tall and leggy stems.
  • Cut back any crowded shoots. Cut just above the leaf node.
  • You can remove up to ⅔ of its total size.
  • Once you are done pruning Angel Wing Begonia, move it to a place where it can get enough sunlight.

Pruning Method #2: Pruning By Pinching

  • Remove or pinch the growing tip with newly unfurled leaves. This will encourage your plant to branch out.
  • Your plant will now grow two new stems. Pinching will signal the plant to grow more stems at the base and along the stem.
  • Repeat this monthly to encourage maximum growth.
human holding potted angel wing begonia
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Propagating through cuttings is the primary method for Angel Wing Begonia. For more guidelines & details, see this article: How To Propagate Angel Wing Begonia.

You must re-pot your this Begonia during early spring. It is advisable that once the plant is growing, you will have to transfer it to a bigger pot every year. This is for your plant to grow fuller. Aside from choosing a pot with suitable drainage holes, you may add pebbles or broken pot shards to aid drainage.

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Common Problems With The Angel Wing Begonia

Despite the beauty of Angel Wing Begonia, it is toxic to humans and animals. It is advisable to avoid leaving your cats, dogs, or kids unattended around this succulent. Its roots are considered the most poisonous part of Angel Wing Begonia, but ingesting this plant’s leaves and stems is not good. In case ingested, watch out for any symptoms, such as vomiting, and immediately seek medical attention to avoid serious complications.

The most common pests that your Angel Wing Begonia might suffer from are mealybugs and spider mites infections. You can easily remove these pests by spraying your plant with water and isopropyl at least once weekly. If it is not working after a month of application, you may use a mild insecticidal soap. Regarding diseases, it is common for your plant to have powdery mildew. This is caused by poor air circulation and high humidity. You may remedy this by spraying a mixture of baking soda and insecticidal soap.

Aside from pests and diseases, having soft and brown leaves and not flowering is among the common problems experienced by your Angel Wing Begonia. If you observed brown spots on your plant, it is possible that it experienced overwatering and root rot. To cure soft and brown leaves, ensure you allow the topsoil of your plant to dry and that you are using well-draining soil.

When you encounter a non-flowering Angel Wing Begonia, it most likely lacks sunlight, warmth, and phosphorus-rich fertilizer. You can immediately try to remedy this by placing your plant in a location wherein it can receive a few hours of direct sunlight. You are avoiding your plant in a shaded location for too long as sunlight is crucial to avoid many common problems.

Don’t Leave So Soon …

All in all, we hope that you appreciate this plant now. This low-maintenance and sunlight-loving plant will add character to your home or garden. Your Angel Wing Begonia will thrive in warm to hot temperatures, bright indirect sunlight, a proper watering schedule, and well-draining soil with proper care.

Succulent City chief editor


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