The Q&A Archives: Brugmansia

Question: My mother has a Brugmansia "Charles Grimaldi" plant. She kept it outside this summer and just brought it in before frost. It was starting to bloom, and had several beautiful blossoms on it. Now all of a sudden it has started to drop leaves and it is in the east window where it gets alot of light and some sun. She is very concerned that it is dying. What can she do to keep the leaves from falling or get them to come back?.

Answer: Brugmansia needs to spend the winter indoors in cold-winter climates, so bringing the plant in was a good idea. However, the stress of being in a new location is probably what's causing the leaves and flowers to fall off. General care guidelines for your Angel's Trumpet include: Average household warmth during the day and somewhat cooler at night, bright light (with some direct sunlight), liberal water in the spring in summer; water sparingly in the winter, and mist the leaves occasionally. You may be overwatering your plant, or the air might be too dry to suit it. Or, it may trying to adjust to its new home. Give it a little time and it should perk up. Once it does, your Brugmansia has the potential to grow to 15 feet, and will reward you with pale orange-yellow tubular flowers.

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