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Name: Chantell
Middle of Virginia (Zone 7a)

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Chantell
Jun 3, 2016 10:22 AM CST
NOT my photo FYI - Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shankaronline/11950099256 (anyone know if there's a way to remove our copyright from single pics prior to posting?)

I believe I've been bit once more with the Brug Bug...

So tell me...other than our buddy Dr. Seuss...which ones, in your experience, are the most fragrant (what type of fragrance), most beautiful blooms and are any easier than others to over winter? Does anyone plant in ground then dig up and/or take cuttings from mama plant and leave in ground? Inquiring minds want to know...

BTW - Thank You! Gita and Donner for sharing your insight to the caring of these beauties!! Group hug
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Name: Gita Veskimets
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gitagal
Jun 3, 2016 7:37 PM CST
No idea which Brug that is. I DO know they grow into woody trees in areas
where they can live undisturbed.

From the few I have grown--Dr. Seuss is #1 on my list for beauty and fragrance.
BUT--of course--my exposure is limited to a few varieties.
I have grown, maybe, 3 or 4 other varieties. Only stuck with these two.

There is a Brugmansia forum. You may want to go there and read all the comments.

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Name: Donner
Damascus, MD (Zone 7a)
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Donnerville
Jun 7, 2016 5:40 AM CST
I have grown only 3 types. Dr. S is the most fragment. Dr S branches well, forming a nice rounded shape while some other varieties can get lanky.

I have planted brugs in the ground with no intention of digging them up at the end of the season. I stopped keeping mama plants over winter a few years back. I just take cuttings in October each year. They are extremely easy to root if the cuttings are from the older part of the plant.
Name: Gita Veskimets
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gitagal
Jun 7, 2016 2:02 PM CST
Donner chose this one as best. I agree.....
They grow in the shape of a beach umbrella. Rounded and full of pendulous blooms.

Once more--look here.....I did save the mama plant, cut back, and then just took it
outside in the spring and it went "poof!"...

This is from Sept. 2013
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Here are some close-ups.
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Sept. 009 was the year my MAYA brug went berserk. This was her 4th flush for the summer. Never ended!!!....it just bloomed and bloomed--and got BIGGER AND BIGGER.
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When it reached this size--I called out local Arboretum and begged them, for 2 weeks--
to come and get it. They finally sent the City's Panel-van and it barely fit in there....
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Here are some pictures of Maya's blooms. Note that the leaves of the maya are variegated.
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Here is what I did to the maya the year before it grew like a monster.
I had to cut it back so i could bring it into my basement. I hated to do it--as
the plant was still blooming....It was a real carnage!!!! Took real guts to cut it back. :sad:

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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Jun 7, 2016 3:37 PM CST
I've had Dr Seuss, Maya, and a noid pink, all courtesy of this group. The pink was rangiest. Maya kept a nice shape for me.

They smell nice outside, but one year, I brought one inside with blooms, and it was too heavy

I agree re just take fat cuttings and keep those for winter. Last two years, the momma plants have dryrotted in the basement, so that was a big waste of space and effort.

I've done the sunken-pot-with-big holes thing. It seemed to really constrain the roots, and the plant kept drying, I didn't realize till I dug it up why.

All in all, just take cuttings if you have a sunny window or light shelf for winter.
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Name: Chantell
Middle of Virginia (Zone 7a)

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Chantell
Jun 8, 2016 8:28 AM CST
Excellent feed-back all...thank you!! Those pics are pretty dang amazing Gita!! Oh and I received your 'how to' via mail the other day...thank you...thank you!!!
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