Can begonias be shaped?

sailorbarsoomJuly 19, 2008

I just bought my first begonia! I believe it's a Begonia corallina. It has one stem that sticks straight up, and a few that are more segmented, and stick out horizontally to hang over the sides. It has an odd shape, and I'm wondering if there's something I can do to shape it up. Maybe tie the segmented stems to a stake to make them more upright?

In any case, it's a lovely plant, and I brought home three other plants today, so it's a good day for me. I hope your day was as plantful as mine. :-)

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mingtea(z9 Tucson)

cane begonias can become lanky and either pruning them (you can root the pieces) or pinching back the new growth can encourage a fuller shape. you can certainly stake them up, but i don't see restraining the branches as a good way to improve he shape in the long run.

-ming

    Bookmark   July 20, 2008 at 7:21PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
blondiesc

I have great success with pinching back cane begonias. Makes them much fuller and lush. Wish I had taken some "before" pics to show you the results.

By the way, I like "plantful". Hope you don't mind if I use that to describe my great days in the garden. It is where I get my dirt therapy.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2008 at 1:10PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
beginner Begonia enthusiast
New to Begonia, but a couple of years into actively...
hookilau
baby Rex begonias limp after transplanting
I was getting excited that my leaf babies had managed...
fieldofflowers
Angel-wing Begonia drops leaves
My angel-wing begonia is huge and has flowered many...
safron4
ID please
I'm assuming this is a begonia, and here in zone 5...
drich30099
Where to buy escargot begonia
Does anyone know where I can buy escargot begonia for...
organic_suzie
Sponsored Products
Molecular 15-Light Chandelier by ELK Lighting
$558.00 | Lumens
Rosy Red Storage Box Seat
$22.99 | zulily
Designers Fountain 9185 Alhambra 8 Light Island in Natural Iron Finish - 9185-NI
$718.00 | Hayneedle
POLYWOOD Gulfstream Patio Dining Set
Fifthroom.com
Lemon Cypress Cone in Brown Burlap
$29.50 | FRONTGATE
Davidson Solid Bronze Cabinet Pull
Signature Hardware
Bianca 2.5 Gallon Glass Beverage Dispenser
Classic Hostess
Area Rug: Quincy Keywork Coal 5' x 7'
$81.97 | Home Depot
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™