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Datura and Brugmansia Care
Datura and Brugmansia are native plants from South America and it can be grow outdoors during the summer months. When the temperatures fall below 60 degrees F., you need to take these plants indoors unless you live in an area where the temperatures stay warm throughout the year.
When taking these plants indoors, decide on whether it is to go dormant, or if you want to continue to grow it as a houseplant. If you give the Datura or Brugmansia the right care, they can bloom throughout the year. Your reward will be sweetly scented flowers that perfume the air.
Through the summer months, your Datura and Brugmansia will need to be watered. If the plants are in pots, you will need to water them every other day during the summer months. For plants growing in the ground, keep the soil moist. Allow the soil to dry out between each watering, but when you do give them water, thoroughly moisten the soil. No matter whether you grow the Datura or Brugmansia in pots or in the soil, do not allow the plant to stand in water or the roots may rot.
If you want your Datura and Brugmansia to grow big and have an abundance of blooms, it is important to feed them. Choose a water-soluble liquid fertilizer and feed them twice a week during the spring and summer months. Stop fertilizing the in the autumn and winter months as they enter a period of rest. Always mix and apply the fertilizer according to label directions.
In order to grow a healthy Datura or Brugmansia they need to grow in a sunny location. If you live in zones 9 or higher, place your plants in an area that receives sunlight during the morning hours, but has shade in the afternoon. If you live in USDA zones of 9 or higher, you can grow Datura and Brugmansia outdoors all year long. For those living in zones below 9, grow this plant outdoors in the summer, but take it indoors when the temperatures fall into the 50 degrees F.
When the plants flower and the flowers fade, you can cut the spent flowers off throughout the season. This prevents the plants from putting all their energy into making seeds. This also helps the plant to become bushier.
Check Datura Brugmansia for spider mites or aphids. Visible signs of these insect problems are holes in the leaves or webbing on the underside of the leaves. Treat the insect problem with insecticidal soap. This can be bought at a garden supply store, or online. Mix up your own insecticidal soap by combining 2 tablespoons liquid dish soap with one gallon tepid water. An alternative way to deal with this problem is to wet a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and wiping down the leaves and stems of the plant.
Datura and Brugmansia don't need to be pruned back unless it is absolutely necessary. If you are going to do any pruning, cut your Datura or Brugmansia back before it enters winter dormancy. This means if the plant is looking scraggly, or if it is too large for the space it is growing in, then it is all right to prune it back.
Bring the Datura Brugmansia indoors when the temperatures fall into the 50 degrees F. range and place the pot in a bright, sunny window. A south-facing window is perfect.
If you want your Datura Brugmansia plant to go dormant, and you live in zones below 9, bring the plant indoors. Store the container in a dark area. A basement or closet will work. The room you choose should have a temperature that remains between 40 and 50 degrees. Water the Datura Brugmansia sparingly, by giving it a cup of water every month. Only add enough water to keep the roots from drying out.
Warnings: All parts of the Datura Brugmansia are poisonous. Keep it away from kids and pets.
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