Lovely new acquisition - pretty Begonia

pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)October 21, 2012

Unusual looking leaf, oblong, came my way at a meeting, in this lovely little Delft reminiscent pot, I was just charmed, think I paid $1 each, one for the plant, one for the pot.

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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

a different view

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 8:18PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Settling in, new growth in the last several weeks since I got it.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 8:23PM
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ada70(7)

Sooo cute, plant and pot. Congrats!
Niada

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 8:44PM
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greenthumbfaerie

I have one of those! :) They can get really big REALLY fast! I got mine back in May as two tiny cuttings, and now it takes up about 4 square feet of table space and the leaves are nearly 12 inches long!

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 9:05PM
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meyermike_1micha(5)

That's a beauty. I am sure it will do well in you care. Please keep us posted on its growth Karen. A match made in heaven. A perfect little pot for a perfect little plant. I wonder what the flowers will look like?

Mike

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 9:18PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Looks very happy! Nice! I'm going to go out on a limb and guess pink on the flowers.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 9:47PM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Very nice, know the species?

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 4:05AM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

OOps, sorry, I meant to say it's B. salicifolia, or that's what I'm told.

Online searches tell me it'll be white bloom (pink would have been nice), but white looks that would match the silver/white spots nicely. It's got a prime spot in front of a west window, until I figure what else it wants, or if it could do w/ less light.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 12:56AM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Great Buy!! Wonderful Price too!

Looks nice and ready to take off for you!!

Please post more pics as it grows..

Laura

    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 1:05AM
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greenthumbfaerie

I have had begonias that were supposed to bloom white surprise me with pink flowers before, especially when they're in good light! :) I have mine in a south facing window, and it flowered salmon pink! :)

    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 1:05AM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Salicifolia- willow leaf, cool

    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 3:42AM
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olympia_gardener(5)

It looks like an AngleWing begonia to me. Does its leave looks like the one in the picture? It is cane type can grow 3'+ talk canes. It arches graceful when the canes grow taller. Flowers can be white or pink, mine is pink. But I have seen white one too. It is a very easy plant to grow. It blooms all year long with tons of flowers. Give it stronger light, the flowers are darker pink; give it less light, the flowers are pale pink.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 11:01AM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Do Angelwings have the red tinge underneath? Thats a sign of a plant fronm dense forest.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 7:16PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Olympia, nice!

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 9:29AM
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olympia_gardener(5)

Purple, thanks, and good to see you. Larry, some Anglewing has red ting on its back and some don't. Their leaves are in the shape of angle's wing. That is why they are called Anglewing begonia.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 2:34PM
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birdsnblooms

Karen, very pretty Begonia..The stem/trunk is huge. If OG hadn't mentioned Angel Wing, I'd assume your Begonia was a cane.

OG..beautiful flowers.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 3:22PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I think that PG's begonia is B. salicifolia. I had to look some up to see since I wasn't familiar with it, but it appears to be that plant. It'll be fun to see how it develops.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 4:38PM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Olympia, yes Im aware of what an angel wing is, but all begonias havr that off-centre leaf shape.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 5:09PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Sorry Larry,

That's not true at all, all Begonias do not have that Angel Wing shape: rex Begonias don't have that shape, nor do the rhizomatous Begonias (like Beefsteak or Art Hodes).

Don't know where you're getting this info, but unless I misunderstand what you said, it simply ain't so.

Thanks Rhizo, from what I looked up, it seemed to match my plant.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 6:22PM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

PG, what I mean is the overall shape, typical of begonias. A bit like an ear shape with the petiole off centre. Pretty much all begonias have that shape except maybe the bedding type.
The shape is almost like half a heart, and the petiole doesn't meet the leaf blade in the centre.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 6:33PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Pls. excuse me, I forgot to say Hi Olivia, beautiful blooms you've got there, great shot, vibrant color. I do see what you mean about the same kind of speckle on the leaves, not sure about the shape of my leaves, I thought they were oblong, hum.

I'm not familiar w/ what GL means about 'bedding' begonias. Maybe it's differences in what we call them, but the only ones I know that consistently get that leaf shape were referred to as the caning Begonias.

Hey Toni,

You think the trunk (stem) is thick, really? May I pls. ask what's significant abt that? It didn't occur to me that was unusual.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 10:13PM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

PG, bedding plants are those that are planted out for temporary colour in summer, they're not hardy so are there just to add temporary colour.
Leaf shape, typical begonia leaf shape, off centre, tear drop shape, leaf stem not joining the leaf in the middle, practically all begonias have that leaf shape!
Are Angel Wings different?

    Bookmark   October 25, 2012 at 5:51AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Pirate, the most commonly grown 'bedding plant ' begonia in the US is Begonia sempervirens-cultorum. There are numerous cultivars and more being introduced all the time. Though fully perennial, they are used as and sold as an annual. It makes a nice little houseplant for a bright location.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2012 at 6:20AM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Thats the one Rhizo, B.sempervirens!
Unlike most begonias the leaves are round I believe.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2012 at 6:55AM
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