Brugmansias

Brugmansias (Angel’s Trumpet)  are one of the best and easiest plants to grow.  The large bell shaped flowers are large and fragrant, especially at night.  They have a very wonderful, intoxicating scent so grow them where you would like to smell them regularly. They can reach as high as 10-12 feet tall, provided you trim the side shoots.  They like moist soil but can tolerate heat and dry soil as well.  I usually give them a deep watering each week.  I rarely fertilize and they still bloom prolifically. But if you fertilize, choose a fertilizer that has the higher phosphorus which is the P in the N-P-K of most fertilizer compositions.  

Side shoots from brugmansias should be trimmed back every few weeks because they grow very quickly.  I sometimes take the trimmed branches and leave them sitting in water for days and even weeks so that they root.  They are very easy to propagate.  

Flowers most of the year but particularly more prolific in late spring and summer.

If you grow these beautiful trees, beware that all parts of the plant are poisonous.  Bees love these flowers. This tree also attracts a lot of white flies and pests.

If you don’t have a lot of space in your yard or patio, this plant is also good in large containers. Choose a heavy pot though as they can get pretty top-heavy with flowers and branches. These plants are not usually found at Home Depot or most garden centers. I usually purchase them online and they can be very pricey. If you live near me, I could give you a cutting 🙂

Makes a great SCENTED flower arrangement in the home for about a day.
This tree I grew from a cutting of another plant. Plopped it in the ground and 2 years later it is about 12 feet tall.

It’s worth it to grow these though because they smell wonderful, flowers every few months throughout the year, and great as a privacy bush.

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