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Begonia dragon wings

Dragon Wing Begonias (Begonia x hybrida) are popular hybrid begonias known for their large, glossy, wing-shaped leaves and prolific, cascading flowers. Here’s how to grow Dragon Wing Begonias:

  1. Climate and location: Dragon Wing Begonias thrive in warm, temperate climates. They prefer partial shade to full shade, especially in hot summer regions. Avoid exposing them to direct sunlight, as it can scorch their delicate foliage.
  2. Soil preparation: Plant Dragon Wing Begonias in well-draining, fertile soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH. Amend heavy or compacted soils with organic matter such as compost or peat moss to improve drainage and soil structure.
  3. Planting: Plant Dragon Wing Begonias in spring after the last frost has passed. Dig holes slightly larger than the root balls of the plants and space them according to their mature size, typically around 12-18 inches (30-45 cm) apart. Place the plants at the same level as they were in their nursery containers and backfill with soil.
  4. Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water Dragon Wing Begonias deeply when the top inch (2.5 cm) of soil feels dry, and allow any excess water to drain away. Avoid wetting the foliage, as it can lead to fungal diseases.
  5. Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the plants to help retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Keep the mulch a few inches away from the stems to prevent rot.
  6. Fertilizing: Feed Dragon Wing Begonias with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application rates. Avoid over-fertilizing, as it can lead to leggy growth with fewer flowers.
  7. Deadheading: Remove spent flowers regularly to encourage continuous blooming throughout the growing season. This also prevents the plants from setting seeds, which can divert energy away from flower production.
  8. Pruning: Trim back leggy growth and remove any dead or diseased foliage to maintain the plant’s appearance and promote new growth.
  9. Pest and disease control: Dragon Wing Begonias are relatively resistant to pests and diseases but may occasionally be bothered by aphids, spider mites, or powdery mildew. Monitor your plants regularly and treat any issues promptly with appropriate methods.
  10. Overwintering: In colder climates, Dragon Wing Begonias are often grown as annuals or brought indoors before the first frost. Alternatively, you can dig up the tubers in fall, store them in a cool, dry place, and replant them in spring after the last frost.

By following these care tips, you can grow beautiful Dragon Wing Begonias and enjoy their lush foliage and abundant flowers in your garden or containers.

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