Angel Wing Begonia

milney_51031July 4, 2007

My AW begonia suddenly will drop a healthy leaf. Sometimes I'll find a 1" segment of stem lying on the floor in the morning. Both of these things happen mostly at night. Looks like such a clean cut as if a knife was taken to it? Any ideas what could be going on? I see no signs of bugs. Thanks. Janice

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hcmcdole(z7)

Could be stress from over or under watering. Has temps or humidity changed recently (A/C)? Usually a few leaves dropping is normal but if you have a bunch then something has changed recently.

My canes usually drop most if not all leaves with the move from outdoors to indoors for winter. Most come through the winter but it is a lot of stress on the plants.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2007 at 12:10PM
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milney_51031

I wondered if the a/c could be bothering it. It was about a foot & a half from the vent. I moved it outside on the patio a few days ago. Sometimes the bottom of the leaves get real dry .. kind of like leaves in the fall. Thanks for the help. Janice

    Bookmark   July 5, 2007 at 8:20PM
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norma_2009

I have three angel wing plants, mama and two babies just recently they have dropped several leaves. I don't know why...help appreciated.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2012 at 10:49PM
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hcmcdole(z7)

Canes do that like lots of other plants. Usually a change in seasons or environment will cause it. The one thing you want to rule out is rot. If the stems are rigid and plump then don't worry about it. Sometimes they just need to be rejuvenated. My oldest cane looks very similar to yours and I've had it almost 40 years. I should take my own advice and rejuvenate my canes every 3 years or less.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2012 at 6:51PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

How does one rejuvenate their canes?

Thanks!
Carol in Jacksonville

    Bookmark   March 21, 2013 at 11:00PM
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hcmcdole(z7)

Cut them back hard. Take the tops and start them in another pot or the same pot.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 7:18AM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Thank you very much! I'll do it.

Carol

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 9:31AM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

"Rejuvinated" quite a few cane begonias today. Another question popped into my head while I was working. How many nodes should you get beneath the soil? Obviously at least one is required. Are two or three nodes even better? Better chance for rooting?

Thanks!
Carol

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 6:46PM
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hcmcdole(z7)

Two is good. Any more and you would need a much deeper pot.

Check Brad's Begonia Pages on propagation.

Brad's World

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 7:09PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

What a great link! I appreciate your taking time to post it. Thank you!

Carol

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 8:24PM
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