Let us tell you about a gorgeous cultivar of the Begonia genus. Begonia Benigo Pink, also known as ‘Angel Wing’, is an enchanting plant with beautiful leaves. Its leaves are deep green and are marked with stunning pink to white spots. These leaves are maroon red from the undersides. It is a great plant to have indoors as it is also a natural air purifier. What is better than having a beautiful greeny plant indoors that filters and cleans your air as well?
Begonia Benigo Classification
- Family: Begoniaceae
- Genus: Begonia
- Cultivar: Begonia Begino ‘Pink’
Origin and Distribution
This plant is native to Brazil, and it was cultivated for the first time in 2000.
Begonia Benigo Appearance
The ‘Angel Wing’ plant has angel-like green-colored leaves. These leaves have pink or white spots and red undersides and are four to six inches in length.
This plant blooms all year long. It produces pink flowers in clusters on the middle stems.
This plant attains a mature height of 1 foot to 2 feet. This height is also the same indoors as long as it receives enough sunlight.
Begonia Benigo Care
- Watering: Once every week.
- Soil type and pH: Well-draining, slightly acidic soil, pH (6.1 to 6.5).
- Sunlight: Bright indirect sunlight.
- Temperature: 7°C to 38°C.
- Humidity: 30-50%.
- Fertilizer: Once every month.
Let’s discuss each part in detail.
Begonia Benigo Watering Requirements
Begonia Benigo prefers moist soil, but it hates standing in water. It should be watered when the upper surface of its soil gets dry. This is checked by inserting a finger into the soil till the first knuckle. If your fingers come out dry, water the plant.
In spring and fall, you should water this plant once every week. In summers, the soil dries off quickly, so it needs frequent watering. However, make sure you do not overwater this plant as it is susceptible to root rot. Saturated soil due to excessive watering can lead to many diseases, root rot, and poor airflow.
Well-draining soil is the best growing medium for Angel Wing Begonia Benigo Pink. A well-draining soil not only removes all the excess water but also retains some moisture to keep the plant alive. If you overwater your plant, well-draining soil will drain excess water through the drainage hole to avoid root rot. And if you under-watered your plant, it will provide the roots with the moisture that is stored. This is why whatever potting mix you use, make sure it has perlite and peat moss in it because perlite increases aeration and peat moss retains moisture. Begonia Benigo Pink care involves planting it in slightly acidic soil whose pH is between 6.1 and 6.5.
Begonia Benigo grows under the canopy of thick trees in the forest. This way, it receives indirect sunlight. So when this plant is grown indoors, the environment should be made similar to the one in the forests. You must place it in a place where bright, indirect sunlight reaches its surface.
You should never place it under direct sun. Direct sunlight will burn its foliage and turn its leaves brown. If you notice any curled leaves, it means your plant is receiving too much light, and you have to change its location.
Begonia Benigo Temperature Requirements
Keep in mind that this plant is not winter-hardy. Its pretty leaves can get chilly injuries quickly. It is why it should never be placed outside in extreme winters. The optimum temperature for this plant is 7°C to 38°. Just to be on the safer side, never let the frost get collected on the leaves.
In extreme summers, keep your plant in a cool spot because heat can burn its leaves. However, it should not be placed near a fan, air conditioner, or in the way of cool drafts.
Every houseplant can benefit from increased humidity. This plant prefers to be placed in average household humidity. This means for Begonia Benigo Pink care, the amount of moisture around this plant should be 30-50%. You can maintain this humidity level by placing a humidifier in your room. It is the easiest way to control humidity in your house. You can also do so by placing the plant on a pebble tray. It will increase the moisture as water will evaporate and rise from the pebbles. Make sure the water level is never higher than the pebbles. You can also mist the plant to increase humidity, but this will also welcome many problems, such as pests and mold.
This lovely Begonia Benigo Pink needs potassium in the growing season to produce flowers and maintain the lush green color of its leaves. It is why it should be fertilized with a fertilizer that is high in potassium content. Every month, buy a regular houseplant fertilizer, dilute it to half its strength, and feed it to your plant. The plant should be watered beforehand so that its roots do not burn due to its strong chemicals.
For diluting the fertilizer, mix 1-2 tablespoons of the fertilizer in a gallon of water. Pour this water into the soil.
Grooming and Pruning
If the bottom stems of your plant have brown or yellow leaves, it is time you prune your plant. Take out your pruning shears, disinfect them, and cut all the old stems.
Pruning or trimming the leaves should be done at the end of winter when the plant is dormant.
How to Propagate Your Begonia Benigo?
Begonia Benigo is an attractive houseplant that looks great placed inside a room. So if you want a separate Begonia Benigo for each of your rooms, you can always propagate baby plants from your one healthy Begonia. Its propagation is not as difficult as it seems; you just have to learn the basic steps. There are two ways you can propagate this plant: by placing its stem cuttings in soil or water.
Propagation in Soil
- Cut a healthy stem cutting from your plant using sterilized scissors.
- This stem cutting must be 3-4 inches long and must have 2-3 leaves on it.
- Cut the stem just below a node so that new growth can easily take place.
- Place this cutting in warm water so that its wound gets healed.
- After a week, plant this cutting in moist soil.
- Take care of this baby Begonia the same way you care for the mother plant.
Propagation in Water
- Take a glass bottle or a glass bowl and fill it with distilled water.
- If you use tap water, leave the bowl overnight so that all the chemicals dissipate.
- Place the stem cutting in the bowl so that its wounded part is underwater and the upper part is above the water surface.
- Place the bowl in a well-lit spot, in an east or north-facing window.
Begonia Benigo Basic Features
Begonia Benigo is a fast-growing variety of flowering plants. Even indoors, its growth rate is faster than many other houseplants. Its growth rate is encouraged by proper fertilization.
The best hardiness growth zones for this plant are 10 and 11.
The leaves of this beautiful plant contain calcium oxalate crystals. If any human or animal ingests this chemical, it can cause poisoning and triggers many dangerous reactions, such as vomiting and swelling. This is why you should always keep an eye on your toddlers and pets when they are in the same room as this plant.
Great News! This plant is a natural air purifier! It filters the air around it and removes harmful pollutants such as benzene to make the air cleaner to breathe. This is why this Begonia is an excellent plant for living rooms and bedrooms.
It is a drought-tolerant plant that can survive days of low water availability by going dormant. Its foliage saves up water every time you water it. This water is then used in droughts and harsh conditions.
Begonia Benigo Maintenance
Maintaining this plant and caring for it is one of the easiest things to do in gardening. It is a low-maintenance plant that barely asks for any attention. If you just provide it with its basic needs, it will not fuss about anything at all. So if you are a beginner in the gardening world, it is an excellent plant to start with.
In winters, this plant goes into dormancy to rest and protect itself from the extreme cold outside. During these days, do not fertilize this plant and reduce its watering frequency.
Common Problems and Their Solutions
This variety of Begonia genus is susceptible to powdery mildew. This fungal disease attacks this plant when the leaves are kept moist and damp all time. You should maintain good airflow around this plant to keep it safe from fungal diseases. If your plant gets affected by this disease, remove all the infected parts immediately and spray the foliage with fungicide.
This plant can also get root rot, stem rot, and botrytis. These diseases can also be prevented by maintaining good airflow.
Mealybugs, spider mites, and thrips are three sap-sucking pests that can kill your plant in no time if they inhabit it. These pests can be avoided by keeping the foliage dry all the time. If you notice any such insects on the foliage, apply insecticide and rub the foliage with neem oil and rubbing alcohol.
Frequently Asked Questions about Begonia Benigo
Should Begonia Benigo Be Repotted Every Year?
Know that your plant needs to be repotted whenever you see roots peeking out of the drainage hole. It is better if you repot your plant at the beginning of the growing season or before it.
Why Are the Colors of My Plant Fading Away?
It is because your plant is getting too much sunlight. Too much light exposure can drain the color of the leaves and turn them dull and faded. In such a case, relocate your plant by moving it away from the sun.
Why Do the Leaves of My Plant Have Blisters on Them?
If this Begonia species get blisters under its leaves, it means it has gotten affected by leaf spot disease. This disease occurs due to overwatering. Trim all the infected leaves to save your plant from dying.
Angel Wing Begonia Benigo Pink is one of the most beautiful cultivars to grow indoors. Its angelic-like, pink spotted leaves add a tropical look indoors. It is a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant flowering plant that can be placed at several places inside a home due to its adaptive characteristics. So practice your gardening skills by growing this exquisite plant in your home!