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  • 1). Select a planting site where the angel wing begonias will receive bright, indirect light or diffused sun and absolutely no wind.

  • 2). Amend the soil with peat moss or other moisture retaining organic material. Begonias are shallow rooted, the amendments only need to be incorporated into the existing soil to a depth of 8 to 10 inches.

  • 3). Plant angel wing begonias in the spring from rooted cuttings or 4-inch pots. Plant 8 inches apart in rich, fast draining soil.

  • 4). Water immediately after planting to settle the soil around the roots.

  • 5). Keep the soil evenly moist throughout the growing season (spring - fall); reduce water in the winter.

  • 6). Provide proper drainage. Although angel wings love moisture, they require well-drained soil. Organic compost provides both moisture retaining and draining qualities.

  • 7). Fertilize with a slow release product for best results. Slow release products vary in application rates, so read the label carefully. Begonias thrive on a continuous source of nutrients.

  • 8). Support tall plants with bamboo or plastic stakes or tomato cages. In ideal conditions, angel wings will grow up to 5 feet tall.

  • 9). Tip prune angel wing begonias during the active growing season to keep plants bushy and full. Remove the last two sets of leaves from the ends of long branches. Tip pruning forces multiple growth tips to emerge further down the stem resulting in more branches.

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    Protect angel wing begonias from frost. Cover or bring indoors until the danger of frost is past. Unlike tuberous begonias, there is nothing below the ground except roots - no tuber or bulb to support the plant over the winter. If the foliage freezes to the ground, you will loose the plant.

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    Prune old canes that have stopped blooming back to two leaf joints in early spring. Leave the juvenile growth in place, removing only the older canes. New growth will sprout from the remains of the old stems.

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    Propagate angel wing begonias from stem cuttings in the spring. Cuttings should have at least 4 leaf joints, two of which will be planted under ground. Remove the bottom leaves and add a rooting hormone to encourage new roots to grow from the leaf joints. Place cuttings in a clean pot filled with loose, rich soil and cover with a clear plastic bag to retain moisture. Mist inside the bag once a week, or when the soil feels dry to the touch.

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