Real World Gardener Begonia Dragon Wings is Plant of the Week

March 2nd, 2017

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney, streaming live at  and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network.


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Begonia Dragon Wings.

Red is the main colour of the flowers this week and boy does this plant stay in flower.

If you want constant colour but something different from Petunias , then go for this flowering plant that can flower almost all year round.

Let’s find out about this plant.1-Begonia%2Bdragon%2Bwings.jpg

I'm talking with the plant panel were Karen Smith, editor of Hort Journal and Jeremy Critchley, The Green Gallery wholesale nursery owner.


For Begonias, the more light, the more brilliant the colour of the leaves.

Angel Wing Begonias will grow well under shade cloth, lattice, or in early morning/late afternoon sun.

They’ll burn if grown in direct mid-day sun.

Did you know that the flowers are edible, with a sweet tart taste?Jeremy also mentioned to NEW Begonia cultivars: Begonia "Big." and a variety of Begonia semperflorens called Doublet. 



Begonia Big  is said to take full sun, but we think it applies for northern hemisphere sun rather than the bleaching sun in Australia.

B. Doublet seems to be a cross between a bedding begonia and B. Dragon Wings and the flower colours comes in red, white, pink and rose. This one is cutting grown and quite tough, being able to withstand full sun, but will need time to adjust when you first bring it home from the nursery or garden centre.