Dragon Wing Begonia’s are a surprise. When you see them at the nursery or garden center they look ugly, unflowered, and rather dismal, but when you put them in your garden they quickly become the Queen of All Shady Annuals. Regal, beautiful, and gorgeous in every way. Above you see my Dragon Wing Pink Begonia’s with a little dragon winged friend in early July of this year.
This Begonia is basically maintenance-free and builds spectacular hanging baskets. It makes a simple container turn alive with it’s eye-catching wing-shaped foliage and nice flowers. Dragon Wing is very heat tolerant and requires low water. Perfect for my sustainable approach to gardening.
HOW TO GROW A DRAGON WING BEGONIA PLANT –
- Plant a Dragon Wing Begonia in a container or garden bed by digging a hole twice the size of the plant’s root ball, then gently covering the roots with soil once the root ball is in the ground. Soil which is well drained and well-amended with compost or rotted manure will increase the success of the flower display.
- Mulching the plant is important if it is planted in the ground. While Dragon Wing Begonia is rather drought tolerant, it reacts well to CONSISTENT watering no matter where it is planted. Meaning – it likes water at regular intervals and does not like to remain parched like the Sahara Desert for long periods of time. Mulching helps maintain more even moisture for the plant.
- Feeding with an organic fertilizer every two weeks or so will help it become a larger more florific plant. I added manure at the beginning of the season and did NOTHING related to fertilizing the rest of the season. Worked just fine.
- I leave the plant over the winter as shelter for the little creatures in my garden and clean it up in the spring. However, if you want to propagate this plant yourself, it is easy to do so from cuttings.
Below you see an August view of the “begonia shelf” and my pallet wall garden. To learn how to grow a vertical pallet wall garden, please go here.
Think about Dragon Wing Begonia’s for your garden next season – I think they will be a hit!
Special Note – Because the FTC requires it, I am letting you know that Ball Horticultural supplied the Begonia Dragon Wing Pink annual plants grown in this garden. I write many instructional stories and videos with their flower and vegetable products and donate a large portion of the vegetables I grow to the local food pantry when harvested.