Potted Brugmansia Plants: Growing Brugmansias In Containers

Potted Brugmansia Plants: Growing Brugmansias In Containers

There are few trees that can stop a person in their tracks like a Brugmansia can. In their native climates, brugmansias can grow to be up to 20 feet (6 m.) tall. Not at all an impressive height for a tree, but what makes them so impressive is that the entire tree can be covered in foot long trumpet-shaped flowers.

Brugmansia Information

Brugmansias are commonly called Angel Trumpets. Brugmansias are frequently confused with or thought to be the same as daturas, which are also commonly called Angel Trumpets. This is an incorrect assumption though. Brugmansia and daturas are not directly related to one another (they are listed in two separate genus). The brugmansia is a woody tree, while the datura is an herbaceous shrub. The two different angel trumpets can be distinguished by the direction of the flowers. In brugmansias, the flower hangs down. In daturas, the flower stands upright.

Many people look at brugmansias and assume that they can only be grown in tropical climates. While it is true that brugmansias are tropical trees, they are actually very easy for someone in a colder climate to grow and enjoy. Brugmansias can be easily grown in containers.

Growing Brugmansia in Containers

Brugmansias do quite well grown in containers and can be easily grown by a northern gardener in a container. Plant your brugmansia in a rather large container, at least two feet in diameter. Your container brugmansia can go outside when the nighttime temperatures stay above 50 F. (10 C.). and can remain outside until the fall when the nighttime temperatures start to fall below 50 F (10 C.).

Be sure to keep your container brugmansia thoroughly watered while you keep it outside. They do need a lot of water and your container brugmansia may need to be watered up to twice a day.

Most brugmansias will not grow to their full height if they are grown in a container. At the most, the typical container grown brugmansia will reach a height of about 12 feet (3.5 m.). Of course, if this is too high, a container grown brugmansia tree can be easily trained into a smaller tree or even a shrub size. Pruning your container brugmansia to a desired height or shape will not affect the size or frequency of the flowers.

Overwintering Brugmanias in Containers

Once the weather turns colder and you need to bring your brugmansia in from the cold, you have two options for over wintering your container brugmansia.

The first is to simply treat your container brugmansia as a houseplant. Put it in a sunny location and water as the soil dries out. You probably will not see any flowers while your container brugmansia lives in the house, but it has nice foliage.

Your other option is to force the container brugmansia into dormancy. To do this, put your brugmansia in a cool (but not cold), dark place, such as a garage, a basement or a closet. If you would like, you may trim your container brugmansia back by about a third before you store it. This will not hurt the plant and may make storage a little easier for you.

One the plant is stored, water it sparingly, only about once per month. Be warned, your container brugmansia is going to start to look pretty pathetic. It will lose its leaves and some of the outer branches may die. Do not panic. As long as the trunk of the brugmansia tree is still green, your container brugmansia is alive and well. The tree is only sleeping.

A month or so before it is warm enough to take your container brugmansia back outside, start to water your brugmansia more frequently, about once a week. If you have room in your house, bring the container brugmansia out of its storage space or set up a fluorescent light bulb to shine on the brugmansia. In about a week you will start to see some leaves and branches start to grow. You will find that your container brugmansia will come out of dormancy very quickly.

Once you put your container brugmansia back outside, its growth will be very rapid and you will have a lush, breathtaking, flower filled brugmansia tree again in just a matter of weeks.

How to Take Care of a Brugmansia

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Brugmansia, commonly called angel’s trumpet, produces large, trumpet-shaped flowers in pink, white or salmon. Under the right conditions, they will bloom all year. Angel’s trumpets thrive in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10b through 11, but you can also grow them as indoor container plants. These plants produce the most blooms when they receive the proper care, regular fertilizing and occasional pruning. Angel’s trumpets like sun, but they do not like excessive heat. An ideal location is one that receives morning sun and evening shade. Too much sun will cause loss of blooms.

Water the plants thoroughly so that the soil stays moist. The leaves will wilt when the plant is thirsty. Although angel’s trumpet tolerates drought and responds well when watered, lack of water affects future flower production.

Apply a 2-inch layer of organic mulch around the base of the plant in dry conditions. The mulch will help the soil retain moisture.

Fertilize angel’s trumpet with a well-balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. Do not use slow-release fertilizers. Feed outdoor plants every two weeks during the growing season with a 17-17-17 fertilizer. Feed indoor plants every two weeks while the plant is in bloom with a 15-5-10 fertilizer.

Supplement the fertilizer with ammonium nitrate. Mix 1 1/2 tablespoons to 1 gallon of water, and apply in early spring and late summer for both indoor and outdoor angel’s trumpets.

Mix 1 tablespoon of magnesium sulfate with 1 gallon of water. Feed the solution to both indoor and outdoor plants once a month during active growth.

Trim the plants in the fall to remove lateral branches but do not cut the leader. Angel’s trumpets do not require pruning, but pruning will promote extra flowers as blooms develop on new growth.

Watch for plant pests and treat accordingly. Use a miticide to eliminate spider mites, and apply pyrethrum to deal with aphids, mealybugs and whiteflies. Pick snails and slugs off by hand.

Item #: 5088

Zones: 7b to 10b

Dormancy: Winter

Height: 60" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 2 qt. (1.9 L) ?


Angel’s trumpet is usually grown for the prized flowers that grow all over the tree in the summer. It is generally hardy between U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 and 12, depending upon cultivar. Cultivars vary in their traits. “Charles Grimaldi” (Brugmansia versicolor "Charles Grimaldi") for instance, has yellow to orange or salmon flowers, grows quite large, and produces many flowers. “Golden Queen,” (Brugmansia aurea "Golden Queen") on the other hand, has softer yellow flowers and a nice fragrance. “Peaches and Cream” (Brugmansia versicolor "Peaches and Cream") has variegated leaves and peach flowers.

Growing Angels Trumpets (Brugmansia)

Angel’s Trumpets (Brugmansia spp) grow well in all areas of Australia as long as the following growing conditions are provided: They are cold tolerant but do not like prolonged frost so must be grown in large tubs and protected from frosts in temperate frost prone climates.

In the colder months flower colours are generally much paler.

Plant in pots until well established

On receiving your angels trumpet plants we recommend that they are planted in pots until well established and growing strongly with plenty of new leaves prior to planting out in ground.

Please note that commercial potting mixes are generally full of diseases. They should be mixed with 60% inorganic material such as coarse sand, perlite or gravel to increase drainage. Commercial potting mixesshould always be treated with a fungicide and bactericide once only as soon as your Angels Trumpets are potted.

Keep in semi shade or direct morning and afternoon sun only (no direct middle of day sun !) Keep moist.

Angel’s Trumpets: Fertilizing Tips

Angels trumpets do not like hot drying winds. Water, mulch and wind protection is beneficial.

They are prolific flowerers flowering 6 mths to all year depending on climate. All our varieties have heavely perfumes which is released in evenings.

Angel’s Trumpets are heavy feeders. They will reward you with huge amounts of flowers and with better colour if well fertilized during the flowering seasons.

Angel’s Trumpets: Pruning Tips

Angel’s Trumpets are often pruned and trained to grow as a standard as they are easily trained into a standard shape.

Angel’s Trumpets prefer semi shade. The flowers have a better colour when grown in semi shade or half day full sun max. Flowers which are in full sun all day tend to fade.

Leaf chewing caterpillars, aphids and thrips are the most common insect pests. Spray with insecticide if required. Any/All SYSTEMIC Tomato Wilt spray solutions are recommended.

Angel’s Trumpets can be prone to nutrient deficiencies. Boron deficiency can cause small mutated leaves and colorless green flowers which don’t open.

Regular annual fertiliser with a complete fertiliser in late spring will prevent any problems. Prune plants after flowering has stopped, if required, to maintain shape and size of plants.

Angel’s Trumpets are safe to handle

Handling Angel’s Trumpets is completely safe. No accidental poisonings from this plant have ever been recorded – although all parts of the plant are very toxic if taken internally.

Some people are allergic to the smell of the leaves and flowers.

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