Growing Brugmansia (Angel's Trumpet)

Latin Name Pronunciation: brug-man'-see-uh 

Upon arrival, start each rooted cutting in a 6 to 8 inch pot and place in a sunny window until all risk of frost has passed, then move outdoors (keep plants in a protected area to start with and gradually increase exposure to sun and wind). When the roots have filled the pot, transplant into a 12-15 inch container or into the ground. Plants grow vigorously in full sun or partial shade and well-drained soil. Brugmansias may not flower the first year after planting. In succeeding years, blooms open in waves, followed by brief resting periods. In all but mild-winter climates (plants are hardy to Zone 8 [10°]), overwinter plants indoors in a cool (50-60°) room. Water sparingly. Plants generally drop their leaves as they enter dormancy and so can be kept where they receive little or no sunlight. Fresh soil, warm temperatures, bright light, and increased watering bring plants back to life in spring. Prune - hard if necessary - to encourage bushy growth or limit size.

For information on planting and care of annuals, click Annuals.