The Q&A Archives: Angel's Trumpets

Question: After a 2 yr search to find Moonflowers, I was told by a large garden center to purchase a Trumpet Vine instead. The stake specifically said "Trumpet Vine." I have since learned that this plant is called "Angel's Trumpet" and is considered a Moonflower. I have never enjoyed a plant more than this one and cannot believe it is an annual. I have gathered seeds for next year, but am curious to know if this will reseed itself naturally also since the plant looks so large and sturdy? Thanks in advance for your help!

Answer: Angel's Trumpet, or Brugmansia, is a blooming tropical plant that can grow to shrublike proportions. It makes wonderful huge trumpet-like blooms. It is generally grown as a conainer plant so it can be brought indoors for the winter and it makes a fabulous conservatory subject if you have a greenhouse or other very (large) bright spot to keep it in. It does well in bright light, rich, moist soil and prefers warm temperatures. When pressed for space, some gardeners root cuttings from the mature plants each fall, dispose of the mature plants and winter just the smaller new plants.

You can save seeds and start them indoors in late winter instead of keeping the plant or a cutting growing indoors all winter.

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