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Palm Coast, FL(Zone 9a)

Can someone please tell me what this plant is. I've been left to care for it while friends are on vacation. As you can guess, I'm terrified that something will happen to it while in my care. I've no knowledge of this plant or what it is. Help!!!! Thanks.

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Gainesville, FL(Zone 9a)

Thats an angel wing begonia. Its crying for a bigger pot and a trim, otherwise its healthy and I dont think you are going to hurt it. I would say dont overwater, but with it being that pot bound it wont hold the water anyway. They like some shade.

Palm Coast, FL(Zone 9a)

Thanks Gardenglory. Really appreciate the advise. When you say a trim.... should I cut off the leggy growth. I have a larger pot to put it in. Or, would you suggest I just leave it alone until the friends return. They will be gone for about 6 months. What you think???

Gainesville, FL(Zone 9a)

6 months, take it out. This is a perfect time of the year too. They root really easy , so just put the stems you cut off in water, in no time you will have many plants to pot. You might find it doest need repotting after cutting back, just pull it up a bit and you can see if its root bound.

Palm Coast, FL(Zone 9a)

Thanks Gardenglory. I'll muster up the courage to do it. There is some new growth at the bottom so that's a good sign. Thank you for the advice.

Jacksonville, FL(Zone 9a)

ditto to gardenglory, and this way you can have one for yourself! Without doing harm, and as a matter of fact, doing good! for this plant!

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