Angel Wing Begonia
Useful Information about the Angel Wing Begonia
The angel wing begonia is a hybrid flower that was created by Eva Gray in 1926. This flower was given its name because of the shape of its leaves as they will usually grow up on the stem. Many people enjoy these flowers in their homes and in their gardens. If you are someone that has grown begonias in the past and you have had success, you may want to consider the angel wing begonia because you will most likely have success with it as well.
You will want to plant the angel wing begonia in the spring. When beginning to grow these beautiful flowers you are going to need to select a location that is directly in the sunlight and is not going to get any wind at all. Tend to the soil before planting by adding peat moss to it and other organic materials that are going to be needed to keep your plant healthy. You will only plant the angel wing begonia eight to ten inches into the soil because they are not the type of flower that is going to grow its roots very deep.
Now that you have your plant in its soil you will want to water it. This is going to help the soil settle around the roots of the plant. Be sure to check the soil on a regular basis from the spring months to the fall. You are going to be checking to ensure that soil is evenly moist. You should also know that all begonias grow best when they have access to nutrients on a regular basis. Because of this, you are going to want to purchase a fertilizer that is slowly released into the soil. Each kind that you buy is different so you are going to want to read the label of the brand that you purchase. By doing this, will know how much to apply and how often.
If you are providing your flower with the proper conditions, you may find that it is growing nicely. As long as it continues to get what it needs it can grow to approximately five feet tall. At this point, you are going to want to use some type of a stick so that you can prop the stems up. You can also ensure that the flower is going to be bushy and beautiful if you keep the tips of the plant pruned off. Follow this tip in the early spring months and look for branches that are not growing any more. You will want to take off the last two leaves from each stem so that they are forced to grow new leaves and branches towards the bottom of the stem. This creates more branches throughout the plant and it becomes fuller.
Angel wing begonias are not that difficult to take care of if you are able to provide them with the proper conditions. This should not be difficult for someone that has grown begonias in the past or for someone that has a green thumb and does well with different types of flowers. When you are just starting out with a new type of flower you are going to want to read up on the flower so that you know how to care for it properly. If you have time to water, check the soil, and prune your begonia it will thrive and live a long, healthy life. You can always talk to a florist if you are having difficulty getting your plant to grow. They will be able to help you with troubleshooting so you can enjoy a large, beautiful flower.