GrowerFacts Begonia BabyWing™ (Begonia X hybrida)
Germination takes 7
Do not cover seed. Water thoroughly at sowing to completely dissolve the pellet. Recommended plug sizes are 400 to 200-cell.
72 to 80°F (22 to 27°C). Keep temperature as constant as possible.
Maintain relative humidity at 95%.
Do not cover seed. Germinating in a chamber is recommended.
Light is beneficial, but not required.
Use a very well-drained, disease-free soilless medium with a medium pH of 5.8 to 6.2 and an EC of about 0.5 mmhos/cm (1:2 extraction).
Maintain soil temperature at 70 to 75°F (21 to 24°C)
after true leaves develop. Plugs can be held at 62 to
65°F (17 to 18°C) from maturity until transplant.
After germination, maintain light levels between 1,000 and 2,500 f.c. (10,000 to 30,000 Lux). As seedlings mature, light levels can be increased up to 5,000 f.c. (54,000 Lux).
BabyWing is very sensitive to drying out during early stages of germination. Keep soil moisture high until the first true leaf develops, then reduce moisture levels.
The high soluble salts in fertilizers tend to affect
BabyWing; however, it will also grow slowly if not
fertilized. Frequent light fertilization is best. Use
20-10-20 about 50 ppm at Day 8 and 100 ppm at Day
11. Then use every other day until Stage 3. After true leaves emerge, alternate with 15-0-15 until transplant. Always rinse foliage after feeding.
Plant Growth Regulators
None are required during the plug stage.
Growing On to Finish
4 to 4.5-in. (10 to12-cm) pot: 1 plant per pot
6-in. (15-cm) pot: 1 to 2 plants per pot
6.5-in. (16-cm) and larger pots: 3 plants per pot
10 to 12-in. (25 to 30-cm) hanging baskets: 4 plants per pot
Use a well-drained, disease-free soilless medium with a medium initial nutrient charge and a pH of 6.0 to 6.5.
Night: 60 to 65°F (15 to 18°C) Day: 65 to 70°F (18 to 21°C)
Grow in a high light environment: 3,000 to 7,000 f.c. (30,000 to 70,000 lux). High light levels will result in earlier flowering and stronger stems.
Allow the media to dry slightly, then water liberally. Water early in the day to avoid leaf burn when temperatures are high.
Fertilize every other irrigation with 15-0-15, alternating with 20-10-20 at 150 ppm N. Maintain the medium EC around 1.0 mmos/cm (1:2 extraction).
Plant Growth Regulators
A very light spray of tank mix containing B-Nine 2,500 and Cycocel 300 ppm can be used at 2 to 3 weeks after transplant. A light phytotoxicity may appear on the foliage after the PGR spray, but the plant will recover later.
Note: BabyWing is very responsive to Bonzi and
Sumagic. Avoid overspray from neighboring plants.
No pinching is required.
Insects: Fungus gnats, shore flies
Diseases: No major problems when using good cultural and IPM practices.
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Muller will not accept any liability for failure and/or damage as a consequence of incorrect and/or inexpert cultivation by or on behalf of the Buyer.”