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How To Grow Dragon Wing Begonia?

The Dragon Wing Begonia, also known as Cane Begonia or Angel Wing Begonia, originates from South America. Cane Begonia can grow up to two to three feet tall. The plant is deep-green colored and decorated with beautiful bright red or pink flowers.

Angel wing begonia blooms until the weather gets cold. Its bell-like flowers grow in small clusters. This plant is a hybrid with a fibrous root system and pointed leaves. They are perfect for indoors and outdoors. Angel wing begonias are a hybrid cane begonia from Begonia aconitifolia and B. coccinea.

Angel wing begonias are often confused with Begonia Maculata ‘Wightii’, which are very similar.

Dragon wing begonias look very attractive, but how to grow them? In this article, we will provide all the information you need to successfully grow them at home. Either outside in the garden or indoors as a houseplant.

How To Grow?

This easy-care plant will survive when handled by beginners. Forgetting to water them now and then won’t disturb the plant. They can thrive in hot weather, so do not worry about messing up.

Caring for this plant will give you a beautiful view of its flowers. The care routine of this plant spans over the year and won’t disturb your daily life. Only bring the plant indoors if it’s healthy and pest-free.

Toxic

Dragon Wing Begonia is toxic to both humans and animals. Consuming this plant is rarely fatal, but will irritate your insides. For dogs and cats, consuming this plant will cause vomiting.

Climate

Cane begonia will survive outdoors in the USDA Hardiness zones 9 to 11. It can withstand high temperatures, up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius). If the conditions get searing, you should place it in the shade. Preferred temperature would be 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 23 degrees Celsius).

Because this plant originates from a tropical region, it does not withstand cold weather well. They require around 50 – 60% humidity. You can achieve this humidity level with a humidifier. It’s important to remember that good air circulation will help the plant stay healthy and strong.

blooming angel wing begonia
Blooming angel wing begonia Source: Robert

Light

This tolerant plant will thrive in medium to bright sun, which they need for 6 hours. Indoors they will flourish in bright light. They can also tolerate shade or indirect sun. Since it can grow in pretty much any type of sunlight, taking care of the Dragon wing begonia is easy.

If placed under direct sunlight, their leaves will burn. Placing the plant somewhere with too much shade will force the plant to stretch toward the sun. Place the plant somewhere with plenty of sunlight, so the plant can save its energy on growing.

Water

Water cane begonias when the first two to three inches of soil are completely dry. Do not mist the Dragon wing begonias to prevent fungal diseases and powdery mildew. Water them about every nine days, depending on the dryness of the soil. Overwatering will cause root rot.

Soil & Fertilizer

The best soil for the cane begonias would be moist and well-draining. Add loam and sand to potting mix to promote drainage. Dragon wing begonia prefers neutral to acidic soil (5.2 – 6.0).

During spring and summer, feed your plant every two weeks with balanced liquid fertilizer. Remember to dilute the fertilizer! During fall and winter, fertilize the plant once a month. Always fertilize your plant when the soil is moist.

Pruning

Dragon wing begonia is a plant that will appreciate pruning. In the winter and fall, you can prune the plant once every four weeks. In the growing season, meaning summer and spring, prune once every two weeks.

The cane begonia is a self-cleaning plant, but you can remove any dead leaves or damaged branches. Cut away only the discolored and unhealthy parts, leaving as much as possible of the healthy part alone. After pruning, the leaves will grow back more compact than before.

Propagating

The best way to propagate is through stem cuttings:

  • The best way to propagate is through stem cuttings:
  • Cut with clean, sharp shears or scissors
  • Cut three to four inches (7.5 to 10 cm) long tip cuttings from the non-flowering stems
  • Root them in a moist sterile potting mix
  • Roots should grow in about two or four weeks
Dragon wing begonia with big leaves
Dragon wing begonia with big leaves Source: Bradley

Repotting

You should repot cane begonias once it doubles in size or once a year. Use fresh potting soil, to provide the plant with all the needed nutrients. Use a ceramic or heavy clay pot, which will provide Angel wing begonia support when it grows taller. The best time for repotting would be spring. This plant enjoys being rootbound, so avoid repotting more than once a year.

Pests & Diseases

The most common diseases would be root rot or powdery mildew. These hardly go out of control. To avoid these diseases,  ensure not to over-water and to use well-draining soil.

Cane begonias are prime to mealybugs and whitefly pest infestations. The plant can sometimes get affected by chewing insects. Keep an eye on your plant for early discovery and easier removal. To remove pests, use an appropriate fungicide for two weeks.

Final Words

This easy-care plant will spark up any room or garden. Perfect for a corner decoration or garden centerpiece. The care routine will easily blend into your daily life.

The prices of this plant can start at 15 dollars, Dragon wing begonias have been at the top list of favorite plants of the year for many years. If can’t decide which plant to get to start your plant-growing journey, then the Dragon wing begonia is just for you.

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