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Brugmansia Cultivation
by Erowid

SPACING: 24-48" or 1 per 12" pot,

DEPTH: level (potted), 1-2" (rooted cutting),

Brugmansia are wonderfully easy to take cuttings from. Snip an 8 inch piece off the end of a branch just above a node where a new leaf will sprout (the node remains on the mother-plant). Preferably the cutting should have more than a single leaf on the end of it...if you can find one where the cutting itself branches near the end, that's best. Remove any large leaves from the cutting, but leave a couple of small leaves on the very end. Stick the cutting in a tall glass of water so the bottom 6 inches of stem are submerged. That's about it.

Over the course of the next several weeks you should notice the cutting beginning to grow small white roots. The cutting can remain in the glass (keep refilling it so there's always about 6 inches of water in it) until the roots have grown several inches long and begin curling around in the glass. While the cutting is growing its roots, it can handle at least filtered sunlight (and maybe more).

Once the cutting has a good strong root structure, it can be planted in a medium size pot (at least 8 in diameter and 8 in deep) and given lots of sun. When the roots have filled the pot, transplant into a new container at least 12-15 inches in size. Brugmansia get large fast!

In all but mild winter climates, plants should be brought in for the winter and kept in a cool (50-60) room. They generally drop all their leaves each winter, so they can be kept where they receive little to no sunlight. Water sparingly during this time.

Warm temperatures, a little fertilizer, bright light, and increased watering bring plants back to life in spring. Prune - hard if necessary - to encourage bushy growth or limit size.

In the spring, wait until all chance of frost has passed before moving plants outdoors. It is preferred to first move them out to a protected area, gradually increasing their exposure to sun and wind over a few days. They grow well in full sun or partial shade and well-drained soil. In full sun and on hot days, they may need to be watered daily. They're generally pretty good at letting you know when they need water. Just watch for the droopting leaves...once watered they'll pick back up within a few hours.

Brugmansias may not flower the first year after planting. After that, blooms open in waves, followed by resting periods. Some people achieve only one wave (probably due to colder climate or shorter summer season) while others get more than one wave. The flowers are beautiful, come in a variety of colors, and smell amazing...especially at night.

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