The Q&A Archives: Angel Wing Begonia

Question: I have recently acquired a cutting of an angel wing begoina of the cane stalk variety. Since I have potted it and placed it in a window sill, it has totally taken off growing. Now I do have a couple of concerns. FIRST, when is the best time to repot. Is it the kind of plant that likes to be root bound, or do I need to give it more room? SECOND, it seems to be growing very tall. Is this a plant that I need to cut back or just get a stake as a support for it. If I need to cut it back, how is the best way of doing it? The plant is very healthy and producing flowers, but it just seems to be getting maybe top heavy where the stalk is starting to bend due to excess leaves or weight on the ends of the stalks. I would appreciate any help you could give me on this plant. THANKS!

Answer: Spring is a good time to repot, use a heavy container to counter the weight/height of the canes. Move it up a size as needed and then take care not to overwater after doing so. The cane types do not branch unless pinched, and some get really tall -- four feet or more in some cases. Here are general care instructions from the American Begonia Society you may find helpful. You might need to cut and paste the complete url into your browser to make it work correctly.


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