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Sunday, December 1, 2019

31 Different Types Cane Begonias (Name & Images) Updated 2021

CANE BEGONIA TYPES AND IMAGES

These cultivars are famously 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.
Some Begonias have this Bamboo stem like features where it can have a upright standing feature with a bunch of leaves and flowers at the top. This particular arrangement is known as Tamaya.
The only thing that adds to the confusion is that you can do such arrangement with most of the Cane Begonia cultivar.


Some Cane Begonia has this specks /spots on the leaves and they tend to disappear when the plant becomes mature. It's only strongly visible when the plant is young.
Also the spots seemed to have the iridescence metallic sheen,
sort of gleams when observe in an angle.

However, there is no way can anyone come to any conclusion to 100% identify that this is the exactly the said ID begonia as the mix cultivation and hybrids were done with too many occurrence with other growers that there is no way to keep a track record of their names or ID.
Here in the list however are just the basic types that are commonly available and their ID is based on these relevant able information.


CANE BEGONIA CARE:

Most Cane Begonia types can be considered hardy compared to other foliage types.
These are much stronger and have a better resistance towards the harsh weather.

They may able to tolerate hotter climate and over-watering. These makes them more popular as they are also more showy on their beautiful flowers compared to the foliage types (Rex Begonia types)

They do require a stake or a pole to keep them upright or else they will fall by their own weight.
Their roots don't go deep and therefore - good care is required to ensure they are not over watered as if the root rot occurs - it would be too late to safe them.

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.

Failure to do so and you might find that they tend to die suddenly as you find all the leaves fallen away and what's left is succulent like stem and branches. You can prune and replant them but if you rot at the base of the stem - it's most likely that the plant is dying & chances of reviving it is extremely slim.

SOIL MEDIUM:

The best I had found so far is using more of a fast draining medium.
I find sand works best - at least 50% of the portion of sand mix with ordinary potting medium, if this is not found another alternative would be 1/3 (perlite) 1/3 (potting mix) 1/3 (succulent/cactus mix)
This is to ensure that it has a rich medium which also fast draining.

Water logged medium especially clay types or any water soaking medium are not recommended as these can cause root rot and can be detrimental for the begonia.

I sometimes find cocopeat used as medium when purchasing these plant from the nurseries.
I believe these are good for initial propagation for root development but I doubt it can able to stand on long-term basis especially when the plant matures and grows bigger.

That's why these plants don't last long when they are not replanted & the soil medium changed.

WATERING:

Also do not allow it to completely dry out before watering.

Sometimes they can tolerate to this kind of watering but if you missed the most crucial moment,
the plant can succumb to over stress and may not recover at all.
Especially if the stem started to dry out in between the nodes
(which can happen even on ordinary conditions)

The begonia will revert as if it is a succulent plant and  becomes dormant.
You have no choice but to prune and replant the plant and hope it revives back.
I had lost few species because of this condition as the cuttings did not take root.

FEEDING / FERTILIZER  REGIME:

It is best to identify what is best fertilizer that works for them by slowly introducing the fertilizer using a smaller dosage. After observing at each week and see if the plant is stressed or thriving.
As too much strong fertilizer for this particular type can burn the leaves and so care is required when feeding this plant.

UPDATE 2021 - REVIEW

1) STOP USING WOOD VINEGAR - KILLS THE PLANT
2) STOP USING MIXED FERTILISERS IN ONE MIX.
3) STOP USING OSMOCOTE - BURNS PLANTS.

CURRENT USE:
4) 1ST WEEK - DILUTED A & B FERTILISER - 1 CAP / HALF BUCKET OF WATER
5) 2ND WEEK - DILUTED VITAMIN B1 (ROOT HORMONE)- 1 CAP / HALF BUCKET OF WATER

I had used Osmocote fertiliser before and had found them very unreliable and unstable as to determine how much to use - too much and the plant withers away - too less and the plant doesn't grow to it's optimum size. Ideally using 3-4 pieces of Osmocote as fertilizer - 2 week once would be good but in case if it's over used - the begonia plant dies.

Instead I had switched to A & B diluted Fertiliser, spraying on the foliage and plant on  weekly basis and they show some growth and stability.

On alternative week - I spray root hormone known as  (Vitamin B1) a solution for stronger root growth as these are prone for root rot. Again I use in half strength - a capful with half bucket of water.

OTHER WORKABLE FERTILISER:
I had checked and done some research with other successful begonia growers and had found that they find these works best in their garden condition. I must say that different garden have their specific garden conditions and finding the right feeding solution as what works best in their own garden.
There are other successful fertiliser regime:

6) CHICKEN MANURE
7) COFFEE BASED FERTILISER
8) ORGANIC LIQUID FERTILISER


EDIBLE FLOWERS:

Locally its known as "Pokok Asam Batu" which translate as stoned tamarind.
I'm not sure if it referred to the citrus sour taste on the flowers but I had checked on some reference where it were sold in wet markets as vegetables.

The inflorescent starts with a coin shaped pendant, similar to a bleeding heart flower.
As the flower grows bigger it tend to form into a triangular winged formation with a seedpod.


It is understood that the flowers are edible. 
The heart-shaped flowers do have a slight sour taste and palatable 
however the seedpod flowers have a bitter taste which I would not recommend.
These small petals can be used for salads, garnish and if you fancy having them even for tea.

SETBACK:

Just like any begonias,
Cane Begonias are very sensitive to fungus attack and rot.
If there is any sign of rot taking place - immediate action is necessary or the whole plant is lost.

That's why, I always emphasis always to have at least a spare plant from the cutting / pruned from the mother plant as these are sensitive and may die suddenly without giving any warning.

PROPAGATION:

Unlike other Begonia types, (where only leaf section is used)
Cane Begonias can only be propagated using stem propagation.
And therefore, it is important to use a fresh cutting that is without any rot or fungus attack.

Some begonias are very strong that you can easily root them by placing the stem in water but not all works in this situation as sometimes they may root but may not survive once transferred into a soil medium.

LIST OF CULTIVARS OF CANE BEGONIAS:

There are no way can anyone come to any conclusion to 100% identify
that this is the exactly the said ID begonia
as the mix cultivation and hybrids were done with too many occurrence with other growers
& that there is no track record for reference on their names or ID.

Here in the list however are just the basic types that are commonly available
and their ID is based on these relevant available information.


👇 Do click on their Names for more Detailed Information
about the Cane Begonia on Pictures Below 👇










 



























This is my July 2020 Update on my Cane Begonia Collection.

What I’m showcasing here are the few types of Cane Begonias which I currently cultivating:
Cane Begonia Collection: 
Begonia ‘Aya’, Cane Begonia ‘Maculata wightii’, Cane Begonia Hybrid ' Mrs Hashimoto X Maculata wightii, Cane Begonia 'Albo-picta', Cane Begonia ‘Lucerna’ & Cane Begonia ‘Torch Red’. 

My focus here is to show their Polka Dot features on their Foliage Structure. 

I had just repot them today just before taking this video. As they are too small and the roots are coming out from their drainage holes. These are cultivated in semi shade area with light daily watering.

4 comments:

Unknown said...

Thank you soooo much for this blog.. I had learned valuable informations on Cane Begonia , where its more from non tropics country point point of view, and yours is from Malaysia !! =)

thank you again for this wonderful sharing, God Bless !

Regards
Christine
Malaysia

James David said...

Most Welcome Christine. Glad to be of your assistance & Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog. God bless you too.

RogueDuchess said...

Does you Cane begonia albo picta have pink or orange flowers? I have one can and I don't which is it from which albo picta variant.

James David said...

Hi RoughDuchess,

Mine has pink flowers - do click on their names and it will take you that specific link where you can view the begonia more in detail. Thanks for visiting.

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