Begonia x corallina
Angel Wing begonias have beautiful leaves that can make any garden or room look classy and stylish. They are known to be quite sensitive, however, so it can be a challenge to care for them properly. Here are a few tips on how to make sure your Angel Wing begonia plant stays healthy and vibrant.
Angel Wing begonias prefer bright, indirect sunlight. A south-facing window is the ideal spot for them; however, if you live in an area with strong direct sunlight, the intense heat may burn the leaves of your plant. To prevent this from happening, use sheer curtains or blinds to diffuse the light coming into your home. Keep in mind that too little light will also cause your plant to suffer – if you notice it looking pale or weak after several weeks of indirect sunlight, try moving it closer to the window.
While many types of soil will do fine for an Angel Wing begonia plant, they prefer well-draining soil with plenty of organic matter. Make sure to water regularly; if the soil becomes too dry it can stunt the growth of your plant. It's important not to over-water though – be sure to check if the top inch of soil is dry before watering again!
The amount of water that an Angel Wing begonia needs depends largely on its size and maturity level; younger plants need more frequent watering while mature ones require less frequent watering but more quantity when they do get watered. Generally speaking, these plants should be watered every two weeks – drenching the soil until water runs out from the bottom of the pot and letting it completely dry out between each session.
The ideal temperature for an Angel Wing begonia ranges from 65°F (18°C) during the day and 55°F (13°C) at night; temperatures outside this range could cause harm to your plant. Additionally, these plants thrive in high humidity levels – aim for at least 50% humidity in order to keep it looking its best! Consider investing in a humidifier if you live in a particularly dry climate.
You don't necessarily need fertilizer for an Angel Wing begonia but applying one during its active growing season (spring through summer) can help promote lush foliage growth and abundant blooms. Look for fertilizers specifically designed for flowering plants or those with balanced nutrients such as nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium (NPK). Too much fertilizer can actually cause harm so always follow package instructions carefully when applying!