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. :-)

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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
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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
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