Charming begonia – Angel’s Wing

Do you know about the begonia plant? This beautiful flower is found in many gardens, and it’s easy to see why. There are many different types of begonias, but the Angel Wing variety is definitely one of the most charming. Keep reading to learn more about this lovely plant!

Begonia angel’s wing

Begonia angel's wing
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Angel’s wing is a variety of begonia native to Brazil. It is a popular plant for gardens because of its beauty and ease of care. The plant has large, dark green leaves with white or pink flowers. Begonia angel’s wing can grow up to two feet tall and wide, making it a great addition to any garden.

The best part is that, under room conditions, Begonia angel’s wing can be grown as a dwarf, or conversely, as a fluffy and bushy bush.

Inimitable color begonia angel’s wing

Inimitable color begonia angel's wing
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The coloring of its leaves is simply unparalleled in the world of plants. Each leaf has a rich emerald green color, with white or milky speckles. Also, these leaves may be streaked with red veins, resembling veins. Begonias produce beautiful flowers that hang down like bunches when mature. The flowers can be white, pink, red and even orange. The flowers give off a delicate fragrance that will please any homeowner who has a begonia growing in their home.

Care of begonia angel’s wing

Lighting

Angel Wing begonia prefers bright, indirect light. If you are growing begonia indoors, place it near a window where it will get plenty of filtered, non-direct sunlight. Avoid direct sun as it can scorch the leaves. You can put a special barrier near the glass that will diffuse the sunlight. This will be quite enough for the begonia to mature and get a rich color of future flowers.

Lighting
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Remember that if the begonia is put in the penumbra, it will not give flowers. This method of cultivation is good for those people who do not like the fragrance of flowers, as well as in the case of allergic reactions.Β In winter, begonia can be put in direct sunlight. In such a period, it will pass painlessly for the plant.

Watering

Begonia angel’s wing needs a medium amount of water. That is, it does not require abundant watering, but at the same time it does not tolerate drought. Before the next watering, it is important to let the top inch of soil dry out. This can be checked with your finger or with a special tester. You will then be able to accurately determine for yourself the amount and frequency of watering.

Watering also depends on the size of the container. If it is small, you will need less water and water about once every 3 days. If the container is large, you need to double the amount of water and water once every 3 days. You should be sure to choose a pot or container with drainage holes for the days so that the excess water will drain into the tray. This will help to prevent the roots from rotting.

Temperature and humidity

Temperature and humidity
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These criteria are very important for Angel’s Wing Begonia. They like warmth and humidity. If the temperature is too low, the leaves fall off and the plant goes into a dormant state. If the humidity is too low, the leaves turn brown and curl. The ideal temperature for Angel’s Wing begonia is 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 70-65 at night. If the temperature is below 50 degrees, the plant may die.

To keep the begonia moist, it should be sprayed about 2 times a day on hot days. If the temperature is not very high and the room is humid, you can spray once every 2 days. A humidifier can be purchased for convenience.

Try to keep the begonia away from draughts and do not expose it to sudden changes in temperature.

Soil

Begonias need soil with a high organic content. Such soil is often called heavy soil. It allows the begonia’s roots to firmly anchor in it and withstand the weight of the tall stems. The soil should be moist, but not wet. The soil itself is easy to find in garden stores, where they sell ready-made packages. To get the extra moisture out of the soil, it is better to buy a terracotta or clay pot for begonias.

Fertilizer

Fertilizer
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When it comes to fertilizer, begonias need plenty of it. It is abundant and they need regular fertilizing, at least once a week during the growing season. A good rule of thumb is to use a quarter of the amount of fertilizer recommended on the package. This will provide the begonia with the nutrients it needs without going overboard. You can give your begonia half the fertilizer package, but then do it once every two weeks. This fertilizer should be high in phosphorus to increase flowering activity.

Popular questions about begonia angel’s wing

Is the angel’s wing begonia poisonous?

Yes, angel’s wing begonia is poisonous to humans, and toxic to cats and dogs. So make sure your pet doesn’t chew on this plant. This plant is ranked as toxicity level #1, due to the fact that it contains insoluble oscalates.

What diseases and pests do begonia angel’s wing suffer from?

Begonias are susceptible to mealy bugs, aphids and whiteflies. These pests can be controlled by a variety of methods, including neem oil, insecticidal soap or horticultural products. If there are yellow halos on the leaves, it means that the begonia is infected with bacterial blotch. This is caused by the soil being too wet. Treatment with fungicidilin and optimum watering will help get rid of the disease.

How often should I prune the angel’s wing begonia?

The answer to this question depends on how often you want to see blooms. If you’re looking for continuous flowers, then you should prune the plant every two to three weeks. However, if you’re okay with sporadic blooming, then you can let the plant grow unchecked and only prune it when it starts to get too le

How often should I prune the angel's wing begonia?
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