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