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Begonia hybrid 'Dragon Wing' (Cane stem begonia, Dragon wing begonia)

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Plant description

begonia hybrid begonia dragon wing 1209(1)

begonia hybrid begonia dragon wing 1209

Cane stem begonias are a perennial shrubby begonia with a thicket of slender upright bamboo like stems, lush large leaves, and profuse flowers from summer through to winter. The flowers are held in pendulous trusses, and are long lasting. They come in various colours from white, pink, orange and red shades. Can be grown in the garden, where they are good for difficult areas such as narrow spaces and under trees, as well as for general planting. Also great for containers, which can be moved indoors occasionally, or to brighten up patios. An easy care plant.

Begonias do best in a part shaded position with some morning sun, but will grow a sunny position if given some protection. They can grow in a wide range of soils, but are best in a moderately fertile, well drained soil. Fertilise with a slow release plant food in spring. They respond well to pruning, and can be cut back hard to rejuvenate the plant. Not frost tolerant.

Propagate easily from cuttings.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: red, orange, pink, white
Flowering season: spring summer autumn winter

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.5 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 0.5 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Insects.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.8-6.5

Diseases

Powdery mildew, bacterial blight, fungal rot in wet conditions

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Slow release fertiliser applied in spring.

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