The Q&A Archives: Overwintering Datura

Question: Should I treat my upright datura, which is in about a 6 inch pot, like a houseplant over the winter, or does it require special care?

Answer: Datura candida, or Angel's Trumpet, makes a wonderful indoor/outdoor plant, but requires some special conditions to make it perform to its full potential. Now that the summer's over, bring your plant indoors and place it in a bright but cool room. Some direct sunlight is beneficial, but not absolutely necessary. Water sparingly in winter. The plant will rest for most of the time, requiring very little water, but you don't want to let the soil become bone dry or the roots will die. As spring approaches and the weather warms, you should notice new growth. Begin watering regularly as soon as this happens, and mist the leaves occasionally to increase moisture around the plant. When daytime temperatures remain above 55F, you can take your plant outdoors again.

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