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Sep 25, 2016 1:28 PM CST
I've had a magnificent begonia in the same spot for many months. All of a sudden, the thick beautiful plant has become all leggy, hanging off the pot. It receives great bright light and I'm careful with watering. Should I cut off all the leggy areas?
Thank you.
Annie in Montana
Name: Will Creed
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Sep 25, 2016 3:51 PM CST
Legginess can only be remedied by pruning back. The causes of legginess include inadequate light, improper watering and age without regular pruning.
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Sep 25, 2016 3:52 PM CST
Is this a cane Begonia? If so, It was recommended to me to cut it in half from time to time. The cuttings make great "new" plants as the mother plant will bush out.
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Sep 26, 2016 12:05 PM CST
WillC & ShadyGreenThumb:
Thank you both so much for your prompt response. Looks like you both think pruning is my problem, so I will cut back my plant today. I'm unsure if this is a "cane" begonia, and quite frankly was unaware there were different kinds! I purchased my plant because I was struck by its beauty. Hopefully, I will be successful in starting new plants from the cuttings.

Thank you so much for your input.

Annie in Montana
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Sep 26, 2016 1:26 PM CST
I have a begonia that got very leggy and looked bad. I pruned it back by 2/3rds and then fed it well. In a short time, it's back to it's previous glory, blooming like crazy.
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Sep 27, 2016 12:29 AM CST
Portobellogal said:Hopefully, I will be successful in starting new plants from the cuttings.

Hi Annie,
Here are some excellent instructions how to start new plants from your Begonia cuttings Smiling :

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