Begonia very droopy – House Plant Journal

Begonia very droopy

Plant: Angel wing begonia

How long have you had the plant? 1 to 6 months


The plant is very droopy.

Light Situation: the plant receives more than 3 hours of direct sun

How do you determine WHEN to water: I wait for the soil to become completely dry

Describe HOW you water: I completely soak the soil and let excess water drain away

What fertilizer do you use? I have not used any fertilizer.

When was the last time you repotted? I haven’t repotted.


Thanks for the photos and info!

This window and position looks adequate in terms of light.

The watering strategy for a begonia is only to wait until the soil is partially dry – not completely dry.  In fact, with excellent light, you can keep the soil evenly moist for excellent growth.  You should use fertilizer to ensure the plant keeps producing new leaves and keeps a good number of leaves on each stem.  Suggestions for fertilizers HERE.

A cane-type begonia will eventually get too tall to stand on its own – this is just how they grow.  You can either prop it up with a chopstick or cut back the stems – the cuttings can be propagated (root in water, sphagnum moss, or perlite) and the stumps will push out new growth as long as they are healthy.

Front of my Begonia ‘Miss Mummy’:

…and the back – supported by a chopstick and soft wire ties:

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