Angel Wing Begonia
My Angel Wing Begonia
My Friendship Plant
Yes, I call my Angel Wing Begonia my Friendship Plant because over 30 years ago a friend of mine gave it to me and told me that is what she called hers. She said that she continues to pinch off pieces, root them and then plant them in a pot to share with her friends. I loved the idea and have continued to do the same with my plant.
The one she gave me is in the yard and comes up each spring spreading joy. Several years ago I kept one of the rooted pieces in a pot and have enjoyed having it on my porch. You can see by this photo that it is leggy right now and that is something that you definitely do not want to happen.
Angel Wing Begonia in Water to root
Pinching Back Your Angel Wing Begonia
Today I pinched it back and have some stems rooting in a vase of water in the porch window. The blooms are so delicate looking and they make me happy. When these pieces root, I will prepare special little pots and share them with friends. There is no telling how many friends have enjoyed this plant and I hope many more will.
You do not need snippers to do this. A gentle snap is all you need to do. The stems are very tender and snap easily.
Where to Grow Your Angel Wing Begonia
To Share With Your Friends
I read online that some people have a problem with their plant blooming and the only solution that was given was to be careful not to over water or over fertilize. Only water when it is completely dry in the first fourth of the soil.
The Angel Wing Begonias are easy to grow and like
- indirect light
- lots of humidity
- fast draining soil.
- We live in upstate South Carolina and don't have harsh winters and that might be the reason that I have been successful keeping one in the yard.
They do make nice house plants or for a container garden on your porch. In this photo you can see that I have put the cuttings in water but you can also root them in soil by keeping it moist and warm. I enjoy watching them root so usually do mine in water.
I hope you enjoy your Angel Wing Begonia as much as I do mine.
Rooting Your Angel Wing Begonia
In this video he is trying to root in water and also trying a couple of leaves in soil. He doesn't say which one worked if either of them did but interesting to watch anyway.
I will just stick to my method of putting a stem in water because I actually like to watch it root. I usually do it in a window and of course, use a glass vase so I can easily watch the progress.
I keep most of my plants in pots and bring them inside in the winter. Toward the end of February, I give these plants a "haircut" by pinching them back. I will have multiple vases filled with water and trimmings waiting to see the roots form so I can share with friends.
- Pinch off a short stem of existing plant - Just a quick snap between two fingers works well.
- Strip the lower leafs - Gently remove the lower leafs so that you don't have leaves in the water. You want only stem in the water.
- Place in a vase of water - A clear vase actually works well and allows more sunlight to get to the plant.
- Wait for the roots to appear - The time allowed will vary. I have had some rooting for 2 weeks now and am not seeing any roots. They should appear soon.
- Plant in a pot using good soil - The larger the pot, the larger your plant will grow.
- Keep plant watered and fertilized.
Great Videos on Caring for Begonias - Enjoy
Angel Wing Begonia: Propagation or Death Video
An Angel in the Garden Video
Great informative video by The Garden Corner. Look at those beautiful Angel Wing Begonia.