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MillyLilly
Nov 30, 2017 2:36 PM CST
My angel wing begonias have become very leggy. How should I prune them?
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plantmanager
Nov 30, 2017 2:42 PM CST
They do get leggy if they're not cut back. The plant is easy to grow, and the cuttings are very easy to root to make new plants. I just cut them down to about 3 or 4 inches high, and then they branch out and quickly will start bloooming again and they'll look much better. Some people take cuttings and toss the parent plant, but I prefer to keep the plant happy with warmth, light, water and a bit of fertilizer at half strength.
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purpleinopp
Dec 1, 2017 7:57 AM CST
Older plants can get quite tall and lose leaves from the lower part of the stem. If this has happened over time in normal (according to what the particular plant prefers) light, it is not a leggy plant, just older. Leggy describes etiolation, where there is excess distance between nodes, an abnormality caused by lower than normal light. If your plant is just older, it doesn't deserve to be called leggy.

A discussion about propagating Begonias:
The thread "Begonia propagations" in Propagation forum

I would never throw away the cutting or the original stump. Not sure what quantity will be "enough" Begonias are for me, but nowhere near that point yet! LOL!
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