Houseplant of the Week: Angel Wing Begonia

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Probably the most recognizable type of begonia, the angel wing is a native of South America. It grows on upright stems with wing-shaped leaves in an array of unique colors and fantastic displays of flowers.

These begonias are not difficult to grow, provided you meet a few basic requirements. 

Caring for Your Angel Wing Begonia

Angel wing begonias can bloom throughout the year with the right kind of care.

  • Plant your angel wing begonia in a soil or soilless mix high in organic material.
  • This plant likes moist, but not soggy, soil. Allow the soil to dry between waterings. Add pebbles or broken pot shards in the pot to aid in drainage.
  • Angel wing begonia houseplants like bright, indirect light, in moderate temperatures. Plants located in low light conditions will grow, but will not likely flower.
  • What you feed your begonia will depend on whether you are growing it for the beautiful foliage or the flowers. A food with more nitrogen will promote larger leaves, while one with more phosphorous will encourage flowers. Either way, fertilize every two weeks.
  • Repot each spring, moving into a slightly larger pot each year.