Brugmansia / Datura

Common name: Angel's Trumpets or Thorn apple

A flowering evergreen tree / shrub that grows to around 1200-1800mm (4-6ft) high.

The long balsamic scented trumpet shaped flowers appear from July to September.

Plant / place them in an area that allows you to smell the evening scent they give out.

After flowering they bear inedible fruits covered with spines hence the common name.

An area protected from high wind is advisable, otherwise support them with canes/stakes.

It is a member of the nightshade family, and as such it can be toxic to humans.

They are not winter hardy in the UK, therefore they will require to be kept in conditions where a minimum temperature of 8°C (45°F) can be maintained.

Cultivation notes:

Week 7: Sow seeds in pots or trays of seed compost and germinate at a temperature of 18°C (64°F).

Germination can be quite erratic with two - five weeks being something like the norm.

Week 8: Prune established plants back to 150mm (6") from the plant base.

Plants grown as standards should only be trimmed to maintain their shape.

Week 10>: When seedlings are large enough to handle prick them out into 70mm (3") pots of potting compost.

Pot on as required, in successional sized pots until they are in their final 250mm (10") pots.

Week 12: Re-pot annually in good potting compost equal to John Innes No.2.

Week 18: Commence a fortnightly feeding programme from now until September.

Use a half-strength water soluble plant food each time you water.

Week 20: Take 100-150 heel cuttings from new laterals and place in 50-50 mix sand & peat and root at a temperature of 12°- 16°C (55°- 60°F).

When rooted, pot up into 70mm (3") pots of potting compost.

Pot on as required, in successional sized pots until they are in their final 250mm (10") pots.

Week 25: Potted plants may be placed outdoors in a sheltered spot from now until September.

Week 38: Fetch potted plant indoors for winter protection.





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