All Things Gardening forum: need help,what type & care of a Begonia

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Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
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jojoe
Jan 5, 2013 2:49 AM CST
I was given this plant & it had about 3 leaves and was basically a tall stem.I have been kind of caring for it with just basic knowledge of plants i guess.I would like to know what type it is & what it likes.Some specific care instructions & feeding needs would probably help out a lot,especially with it having to come inside.

Thank you for any advice,opinions,links!!!

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Horntoad
Jan 5, 2013 10:38 AM CST
Looks like an Angel Wing Begonia.
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jan 5, 2013 11:59 AM CST
Agree. You have one of the many varieties of cane begonia that can grow very tall in the right conditions. Have fun! Can't wait to see the flowers.
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Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
If a door closes look for a window!
Heucheras Plant and/or Seed Trader Hostas Hummingbirder Region: Georgia Cactus and Succulents
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jojoe
Jan 5, 2013 5:06 PM CST
Thank you very much,now i know what to look up to find some care facts for it. Thumbs up Smiling
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Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
If a door closes look for a window!
Heucheras Plant and/or Seed Trader Hostas Hummingbirder Region: Georgia Cactus and Succulents
Sedums Sempervivums Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Tropicals
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jojoe
Jan 5, 2013 7:14 PM CST
Is there anything i can do to get it to fill out some or should i just keep it healthy & alive Whistling until spring.I would like it to start growing limbs or will it naturally?It seems to be a slow grower.In the spring what type of feeding does it need.I use a 15-30-15 on all my flowering plants during the growing season.
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The leaves aren't staying around long before they start getting this discoloration,start to dry out & fall off.Does it like to stay damp or dry out between waterings? Usually this happening to leaves with most plant it's from a mistake in watering one way or the other.I just don't know which way it likes and i don't want to loose it to root rot if it likes to be on the dry side!!!


Thank you very much for the advice and information Smiling
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jan 5, 2013 11:15 PM CST
I am no means an expert on cane begonias but they have quickly become one of my favorites. Of the three begonia types, there are thousands of begonias, hundreds or more of cane begonias. I'd say they like being on the dry side seeing how I lost a 3 ft. begonia to root rot. I got one of those pots that didn't have drainage holes and didn't notice! Grumbling I clipped it back and have been trying to root them. It was late in the season, and I might have been too late. Plus, had to bring them indoors. It looks like I may have 1 cutting to survive winter. Thumbs down The original plant has one live-looking stem. So we'll see. It is easy enough to replace as they sell them all over. I just hate to see one of my favorites struggle. So. Not too much water, keep moist but not wet. I use a blooming fertilizer starting in the spring, but being an indoor plant, they can bloom year around so I like a time-released fertilizer like Osmocote.

Cane begonia can grow to 6-7 feet tall! If you don't want it to grow tall, just cut it back in half. You can root the healthy cuttings easy enough. They like shade or morning sun. Or a bright window in your home. Mine can grow outdoors and take the heat in our tropical summers but they do come in in the winter. While some are grown for their leaf patterns, others are grown for their exciting bunches of flowers.
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