All About My Special Angel Begonia
Angel Wing Begonia
My Special Angel is an Angel Wing Begonia cultivator with polka dot leaves. Its name comes from the shape of the leaves which come to a point at the top and at the bottom of the leaf. The leaves emerge bright green and slowly darken as they age.
They have small, bright pink flowers that can bloom almost any time of year. The flowers aren’t particularly showy but add a nice contrast to the glossy leaves. With enough light and proper care, they can hold blooms for months at a time.
Angel Wings are hybrid cane begonia created by Eva Kenworthy Gray in 1926. The entire line of Angel Wing cultivators comes from her original cross! Thanks to Eva and her fascination with begonias, we now have countless colors and varieties of these beautiful plants. And I thought I had a green thumb lol.
Interestingly the flowers of Angel Wing Begonias are non-toxic and Pet Safe but ONLY the flowers. The rest of the plant is toxic and should not be ingested.
How To Care for My Special Angel
My Special Angel tends to have a more bushy growth pattern than some of its taller siblings. However; pruning every few years will help maintain shape and keep the plant from getting unruly.
The roots are thin but will quickly take over a pot. Angel Wing Begonias develop dense root systems that need to be divided every 3-5 years in order to maintain pot size. If you want your plant to keep getting larger, pot it up 2 inches and give the roots more space to grow. These plants will grow as large as you let them. I’ve seen some older specimens that look like trees!
The average temperature and humidity in most home environments is perfect for these tropical plants. They love a bright, sunny window, especially during the cooler months but avoid direct summer sun. My Angel Wing Begonias prefer east-facing windows.
Read on to learn more about caring for My Special Angel Begonia ……
How to Propagate Angel Wing Begonia
Propagating Angel Wing Begonia is a piece of cake. It can be propagated by cuttings and division. Regular pruning encourages a more bushy plant and division allows the current pot size to be maintained. Pruning and propagating are best done in the spring during active growth.
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1. This is easily done while repotting your plant and allows the current pot size to be maintained. Instead of potting up, you divide the plant into 2-3 sections. Once you have the rootball out of the pot, use a sharp knife to cut individual offsets away from the main plant. Make sure to get enough roots to support the new offset.
2. Likewise you can also loosen the rootball with your fingers and gently separate the offset from the main plant.
3. Plant your new offset into a rooting medium, keep moist and wait for the plant to establish.
4. Once your offset is established and growing well. Repot into a pot that is 1 inch larger than the rootball and enjoy your new plant!
1. Take cuttings of healthy stems that have 3-4 leaves. I prefer each stem to be 3-4 inches tall.
2. Plant the stem(s) into a rooting medium and keep the medium moist, not wet. You may also use a clear jar of water for water rooting.
3. Cover with a clear plastic or glass dome so that the leaves do not dry out. Seed starting kits and propagation boxes work well for this.
4. Place your cuttings/ prop box in a warm area with bright indirect light and keep medium moist, not wet.
5. Wait for new growth. Once you have a thriving plant, repot, and slowly acclimate to a less humid environment.