Angelwing Plant - Knowledgebase Question

Everett, WA
Question by Seasagit
November 10, 1999
I have recently acquired a plant from someone and they called it an "Angelwing". It did very well from a cutting and I don't know when I should replant it, as of this time it's in an 8" pot and it's a year old. It's a very beautiful plant, any suggestions as to the care of it?

Answer from NGA
November 10, 1999


Angel Wing may very well be Begonia lucerna, a popular houseplant. If that's what you're growing, expect to provide a stake as your plant grows, to help support the tall stem it will eventually grow. The leaves of this plant can be 5" long, sometimes spotted with white. Provide average household warmth (minimum 55F in winter). Give your plant bright light, but no direct sunlight. Water regularly from spring through autumn, allowing the surface to dry out slightly between waterings. Water sparingly during the winter months. Moist air is required, so mist around the plant, but don't mist the leaves. If you pinch the stems back in spring you'll promote bushyness. Otherwise the plant will grow quite tall and will need staking. Given all the right conditions, your Angelwing will flower almost all year around.

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