The Q&A Archives: Angel Trumpet from seeds

Question: I had several Angel Trumpet plants in my garden. We recently moved from that house and my husband retrieved some seed pods so I can start my garden with my favorite plants for wildlife. My question is, once I start them from seed and they start to grow, when is a good time to plant them in the ground? Do they have to be a certain amount of inches tall?, When is a good time of the year to plant? Thank you for your help. I'm enjoying restarting my wildlife habitat and am looking forward to my newly angel Trumpet plants.

Answer: Based on your description I am not certain if your plant is Brugmansia (trumpets dangle downward, grows very tall with a tree-like form, usually grown as a container plant and brought indoors each winter) or Datura (trumpets face up, grows more like a bush, grown as an annual, often self seeds in the garden).

Brugmansia is a tropical plant and the seeds need heat to germinate and grow. If this is what you have, wait until next spring to germinate the seeds indoors. Soak overnight in water, then peel off the "corky" outer layer. Plant the seed in barely damp seed starter mix with bottom heat (soil temperature of 80 degrees is ideal.) It can take 2 to 8 weeks or longer to germinate. Repot seedlings as needed and plant them out after all danger of frost has passed and the weather is reliably warm.

If your plant is Datura, the seeds can be started as above (no peeling needed) or can be planted in the garden after frost.

Good luck with your seeds!

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