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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Cane Begonia - Burning Bush

Earlier I had presented a series on Rex Begonia and their types.
This time, I'm starting a new series on Cane Begonias,
these cultivars are known as Angel wing Begonia or Dragon wing Begonia.
Basically they are very similar but identified by the shape of the leaves and the colors of the flowers.

They have this appearance like bamboo stalks especially when the stem grows taller, 
hence it's known as Cane Begonias.

I would recommend this particular breed for beginners 
as they are very hardy and robust.

It has an ability to grow in all different conditions,
from high humidity to hot dry weather (almost succulent growing conditions)

Begonia 'Burning Bush' tend to grow tall and upward if it tied to a pole. 
It can grow as tall as 7 feet and above but there are setbacks
as the bottom part of the stem can be very stressed and may start to rot. 
Another factor can be the plant is too heavy and unable to handle it's own weight.

It is therefore best to keep the plant just around waist level by pruning. The cut stem can be used for new plant propagation as these cane begonias don't seemed to last more than 2 years.

This begonia do not have green leaves. 
It will gloss wonderfully when kept in bright shade.
The foliage shine with the dark bronze leaves and generously produce 
tiny pendant like pink flowers in between the branches.

As you can see I had hoisted this cane begonia against the fence.
It goes taller by the months but I have to keep vigilant at the bottom part of the stalk.

Recently one particular main branch and started to rot and the whole top part appeared to be withering. Good thing I had noticed the plant and was immediately able to trim and make more new plants from these.

Other matters are very much similar with the general information about Cane Begonias.

Do click below for more information on Cane Begonias.


Unknown said...

Thank you Mr James. I bought my first begonia a few months back which i have now found out is a burning bush begonia. Had no idea of the ID during purchase. It has grown so beautifully and I was really surprised that it was so cheap at RM8 a pot. I see people sharing all those pictures of expensive plants nowadays and yes, they are really beautiful too but there's a special kind of pleasure that can be derived from such an inexpensive plant that is equally captivating.

Thank you for sharing. You are a treasure trove of knowledge on plants.

James David said...

Hello, Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I truly understand what you mean - sometimes it is not so much of the value of the plant price rather - it is the beauty and the wonder of gardening and enjoying the plants while growing them. Thank you for sharing your experience and your joy of gardening.
Really appreciate your kind thoughts.

Pattyt2363 said...

Mine is growing very tall & thriving but has not produced a single flower this year! What's wrong with it?

James David said...

Many factors, It may need flowering fertiliser, good sunlight or perhaps that particular cultivar rarely blooms, very difficult to determine.
As long as your plant is healthy and thriving - thats a big deal as these can suddenly wither and die.
Thanks for your comment and visiting my blog.

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