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Brugmansia Cultivation
( the way we do it )

Just one plant !  Grand Marnier

Click here to see how we Repot our Brugmansias every year 
Click here to
  See how to take Brugmansia cuttings 
To see pictures of the Brugmansias we have, look in our Plant Guide or Slide Shows

Our Brugmansias always get a lot of attention on our open days, there are quite often queues to take pictures. The tallest are about three  metres, with up to a hundred blooms at one time. We find they are very thirsty plants, in the summer I don't think you could over water them, so much so that we stand their pots in shallow containers full of water, and keep them topped up. As at 2009 we have ten different Brugmansias in the garden during the summer. 

Dalens Glory
Frosty Pink
Ecuador Pink
Pink Perfection
Grand Marnier
A Yellow we don't know the name of.

How to look after your Brugmansias

Brugmansia are not hardy, but if left in the ground and given a mulch during winter, they may come back from ground level.

They are best grown in pots and given protection for the winter,

The plants you have bought need to be potted up into bucket sized pots for this summer, use a rich soil something like 50% multipurpose and 50% John Innes number 3, as they are hungry plants.

Keep them watered well in hot weather, they prefer sun but will be ok in semi shade.
Spraying the plants under the leaves with a hose will help to keep undesirable insects at bay, best not to do this in hot sunshine, wait till the evening.

When the stems branch they will then usually start to form buds, which will slowly enlarge and the flower will start to unroll. If you have bought a pink Brugmansia it will start to look like a yellow flower, but will then change to pink.

Feed them with a high potash food, we use Chempack number 4, you can use tomato feed, but it will be more expensive in the long run.

When the first frosts are forecast, bring them in under cover, it doesn’t have to be a hot place, just so long as it does not freeze.

The plants can be cut back to aid storing, but try to retain as many forks on the branches. Keep the plants on the dry side.

The following year the plants will need potting into a bigger pot, and then in later years the roots and soil can be cut back by at least half, and new soil added, otherwise you will need bigger and bigger pots to keep the Brugmansia happy.

All parts of Brugmansias should be kept away from children and animals, and they should not be allowed to put any part in the mouth

Brugmansia Sanguinea just opened
Brugmansia Sanguinea

The Brugmansia Sanguinea has smaller blooms, and they do tend to hide amongst the foliage, but it is a beautiful flower.

The pictures below show a Brugmansia flower starting to open

Brugmansia flower opening  Brugmansia flower nearly fully open

Although the first picture shows what looks like a yellow flower opening, it is in fact a white.

Frosty pink and an unidentified yellow Brugmansia





Frosty Pink and the unnamed yellow