The Q&A Archives: How do I sound the Angel Trumpet?

Question: Greetings~ I have a 2

Answer: Angel's trumpets (Brugmansia sp.) are sun-loving, fast-growing plants. Angel's trumpets need well-drained soil; when growing one in a pot, make sure the container has a large hole in the bottom to allow easy water passage. The growth rate is rapid, so plenty of water and fertilizer are necessary to keep these plants vigorous and blooming. Coarsely textured, large leaves complement the enormous blooms. Wind can cause problems for the broad foliage and elongated flowers, so choose a protected location when possible. The show is spectacular, so be sure to place your plant in a prominent spot on or near a deck, terrace, or entryway.

These plants are frost tender so I suggest planting in a container filled with potting soil rather than growing yours in the ground. This way you can take the plant indoors over the winter months.

If planted in containers, angel's trumpets require daily watering. But resist the temptation to keep the pot in a saucer of water-although moisture is vital, soggy soil is not what this plant likes. Brugmansias are heavy feeders, and a liquid, blossom-boosting fertilizer such as 15-30-15 or 10-50-10 keeps them producing flowers. Water with plant food at least every other week, or more often if you'd like. Remember, you can't feed these plants too much, especially those in containers. Use a half strength dilution of water soluable fertilizer and feed every 2-3 weeks during the spring and summer months.


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