Brugmansias forum: My First Bloom!!

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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Aug 12, 2015 3:33 PM CST
Finally, after almost 5 years, I have a bloom.
Will it open more? should I remove that leaf in it's way?
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Name: Doris Klene
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kareoke
Aug 13, 2015 6:47 AM CST
Do not remove the leaf it will help hold the bloom on, you will love it when it opens.

mkb136
Aug 13, 2015 5:59 PM CST
Its exciting! I have been growing them for years never gets old. Wait till you smell it your hooked.
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Rhapsody616
Aug 17, 2015 3:23 PM CST
looks like she is off to a great start. Keep the picts coming.
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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Aug 23, 2015 7:11 PM CST
threegardeners said:Finally, after almost 5 years, I have a bloom.
Will it open more? should I remove that leaf in it's way?
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Congrats. By this time you know that it opens much more. Last year was my first time with a Brug (I purchased a rooted cutting) and I ended up having 3 flushes - 2 over 20 blooms. When I took it in ~ Oct 15 it had 22 blooms. Wintered over in my basement under lights. So far this year I have had two flushes of 2 blooms each and right now I have 7 more blooms coming.

This year I am waiting for one I grew from seed last year to form the Y. It is ~ 5 feet tall and I encourage it every day. Hoping it Ys soon cause it IS in a pot on my deck.

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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 25, 2015 10:03 AM CST
Way to go, Lee Ann! Don't forget you need to go out after dark to enjoy the perfume of your brug. They have no smell during the day and some of mine close the flowers halfway in the daytime, too.
Elaine

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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Aug 25, 2015 6:56 PM CST
It smelled amazing!!
They're just covered in buds. I can't wait to see what the others will be. These are from 5 seeds I bought off of e-bay 5 years ago. Was a cool cross.

We moved last weekend and never dropped the bloom or a single bud. Hubby was so careful with it.

Hope the others have time to open, soon have to bring it in for the winter.
Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Aug 25, 2015 7:01 PM CST
Fully opened.
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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Aug 25, 2015 8:59 PM CST
Very nice - congrats. Cannot wait for my next blooms - likely this weekend on the 7 buds of size. Noticed on anothe Y, I have 5 or 6 teensy buds. Finally decided to start cranking.

Loved sitting on the deck last yaer and severl times saw hummingbird moths who are attracted to the flowers.
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Name: charles
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papa
Sep 7, 2015 3:00 PM CST
Hi all, this is my first post in this forum and sorry it may be a bit long. First off i am happy for you Lee Anne i got my very first bloom last week and i somewhat feel your excitement. I only had to wait a year though, last fall someone gave me some cutting and told me they were yellow blooming and just stick them in some potting soil so i did andi put them under the house in crawl space that's where i overwinter everything. This spring when I pulled them out low and behold i had plants and a lot of them i sold all but 5 of them. I didn't spend a lot of time on them just kept them watered and fed a little. Now i have 3 of them blooming they start out yellow then turn a lite peach color. Now I know that there are so many that it will probably remain unnamed witch is fine with me and thanks to a special lady @Bubbles i now have several named ones that I can enjoy next year. Last night i went out for some late watering ang when i got to the brugs it was like hitting a brick wall the fragrance was oh my god amazing I had to sit down for awhile and just enjoy then today when i went to them there was no scent of course I was bit puzzled that's when i came here .Thanks to your post @dyzzypyxxy i understand now and can't wait until tonight. Question does the fragrance vary according to different plants and do the seeds come true. Now my first love are the EEars and the bananas but these brugs really have my attention.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 7, 2015 3:58 PM CST
So glad you came here, Charles. Welcome! Yes, some brugs smell different than others, but they all are quite fragrant at night. Their pollinator is a night-flying moth, I think. So they attract the pollinator to them by releasing the scent at night.

Now, the question about whether they will come true from seeds sort of depends upon IF you actually have the right moth where you live. If your different kinds of brugs cross-pollinate (which surely will happen if you have the right moths) then you'll get crosses of your brugs. i.e. they won't come true. Now that's not always a bad thing, you might get some really neat flowers.

But if you want to make sure to get one that is true to the parent from seed, you need to isolate it somehow (if you have a screened porch that would work) and pollinate it yourself with a little paint brush or maybe a Q-tip? I don't know what to use as I've never done it myself, but @gone2seed will know what to use.

We do have the moths here although I've never seen them at the brug flowers, but mine just happily cross, and I have some seedlings coming along that I have no clue what they might be.

Easier, and a sure way to get the same plant, (I think) is just to take cuttings and start them the same way you did with the yellow one. I put them in water until they start to make roots, which usually only takes about a week. Then just pot them up and stand back! (well, except for when you're watering and fertilizing them . . . ) Green Grin!
Elaine

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Name: charles
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papa
Sep 7, 2015 5:49 PM CST
Thank you Elaine
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Sep 7, 2015 9:08 PM CST
@papa, brugs do have different scents. Some smell like baby powder, others have a really sweet smell. Just enjoy them all!
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gone2seed
Sep 8, 2015 9:29 AM CST

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papa said: Question does the fragrance vary according to different plants and do the seeds come true.
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To answer your questions, yes,fragrance varies from variety to variety.It goes from zero to very strong. Of the brugs we grow,called the warm climate varieties,none come true from seed and must be crossed between varieties to produce seed. There is always an exception and that exception is Arborea which is really a cool climate brug.That one will come true.

Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Sep 8, 2015 3:39 PM CST
I am growing an Arborea that I started from seed last year. It is 5 feet tall and has not Yed yet. ;-((
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Name: charles
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papa
Sep 9, 2015 7:43 PM CST
Thank you Sandi and JT

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