Dragon Wing Begonia
The Dragon Wing Begonia is not your average begonia. There’s more.
When it comes to heat tolerance, the Dragon Wing begonia, named after the mythological beast of literature and movies, is a fire-breather.
It blooms continuously from spring to frost, and it thrives in hanging baskets, big containers, and landscape beds.
Dragon Wing Begonias reach a height of 12 to 15 inches and a width of 15 to 18 inches. The glossy green leaves are wing-shaped and 2 to 5 inches long.
Dragon Wing Begonia Care
Without trimming, plants tend to branch easily and grow densely. There are two flower colors to choose from: red and pink. Blooms grow on panicles, which are stalks with flowers on them.
They sprout from the leaf nodes towards the branch’s tip. The blooms naturally shed and are replaced by fresh ones.
The Dragon Wing Begonia thrives in filtered shade and well-drained, organically rich soils. Plant in a raised bed 4 to 6 inches above the average grade for optimal results.
How To Grow Dragon Wing Begonia
Set 4 inches of fertilizer or fully-rotted animal manure on the planting zone until it reaches 12-inch depth to develop the bed.
Plants should be dispersed 12 to 18 inches apart. Put a tablespoon of Osmocote fertilizer in each plant’s planting hole. Mulch and water thoroughly.
During the growing season, they’ll benefit from a liquid feed like 20-20-20 or 15-30-15 administered every two weeks.
Combine them with bold-leafed tropical plants like bananas, cannas, gingers, and tibouchinas.
Five plants will fill a whiskey barrel, whereas a single plant will fill a 10-inch hanging basket.
Dragon Wing Begonias Repotting
Dragon Wing begonias can be trimmed back, dugout, and repotted to overwinter indoors when frost threatens.
Cuttings can also be rooted in water and potted. They’ll keep up their award-winning performance indoors all winter with plenty of bright light and occasional liquid feedings.