Propagation forum: Brugmansia, one year from cutting to bloom.

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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Sep 24, 2016 1:43 PM CST
7-8" cuttings were sent to me last October, stuck in pots inside for winter, then put in ground around April. Buds about to open, the 2 biggest branches are about 7 feet tall! Let's see your Brug props!

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Xeramtheum
Sep 24, 2016 6:53 PM CST
I've had Brug cuttings start to Y and set on buds only after a few months from rooting - just feed the bajeebers out of them ... I use1.5 tbs per gallon stuff to rooted cuttings in soil 2 months or older and 2 tbs per gallon on mature, been in the ground plants once a week - I do not think it's possible to over feed a brug.

I always find it amusing to see a brug flower almost as big as the plant.

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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Sep 25, 2016 6:34 AM CST
How cute! My cuttings came from older, established plants, so their ontological maturity hurdle was already jumped.

My buds showed up about 2 weeks after I put a couple bananas at the base. Worked as well as it does for roses.
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purpleinopp
Sep 27, 2016 4:39 PM CST
Excitement! Yes, these are so much bigger than the plain white ones I had before!
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Xeramtheum
Sep 27, 2016 7:22 PM CST
So pretty! They are actually at their best, (datura metal too) at night .. go out tonight night with a flashlight and flash camera. If you can set your flash to 50% do that. This picture is from 7 years ago taken around midnight.


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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Sep 28, 2016 8:34 AM CST
Gorgeous! Looks like you have a few diff colors.

They were open wide first thing this morning but morning routine went unexpectedly and there went my minute that it would have taken to get a pic & not be late for work.
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Xeramtheum
Sep 28, 2016 9:28 AM CST
They are actually night bloomers ... years ago I had a whole forest of brugs then other plants caught my interest. I'm getting back into brugs now that I can plant things in the ground.

Here's how I take night pictures. The autofocus on your camera needs light to focus - it doesn't have to be bright .. just enough for the infra red to see it. I just shine the flashlight on whatever I want to take a picture of, let the autofocus do its thing. Once it has the focus I move the flashlight away then take the picture - with flash of course. If you can't control the strength of the flash on your camera and the pictures lack detail then back up a bit so it scatters more. For light colored or very reflective flowers I use a 50% flash .. darker colors 75% or more.

The first picture is of Pink Perfektion and the 2nd Frosty Pink.

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purpleinopp
Sep 28, 2016 4:42 PM CST
Those are fabulous! Mine's a mutt.

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Xeramtheum
Sep 28, 2016 8:04 PM CST
Lol .. thanks .. I like your mutt though!
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purpleinopp
Sep 30, 2016 1:18 PM CST
Me too, TY! The bar is about 3 ft. high.


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lauriebasler
Sep 30, 2016 11:26 PM CST
Oh, what a fun and amazing plant, Both your plants are beautiful. Oh lord help me, I am a plant nymph. I want them all. Lovely plant ladies.
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Oct 1, 2016 6:50 AM CST
Thanks Laurie! They are gorgeous.

The tallest brug I've ever grown got to about 8 feet - I've never really like the fragrance of brugs or datura .. how about you Tiffany, do you like their fragrance?
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Name: Colleen
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Agoo
Oct 26, 2016 10:40 PM CST
Tiffany, can you please explain more about putting bananas at the base of the plant, works just like the same as with roses. What works? Thank You!
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purpleinopp
Oct 27, 2016 9:02 AM CST
Laurie, are they root-hardy where you are also? As soon as there's a frost here, everything above ground will be zapped, but will grow back when it warms up again the next spring/summer. The biggest herbaceous perennial I've ever had in my landscape.

Anne, I was hoping to get a better chance to sniff a bloom before answering that but I never did. They were way above my head & then I had to move that plant to get my new greenhouse into its' final spot. That caused some wilting & it may not have a chance to make more before 1st frost, will have to keep an eye on plant & weather. The plain white ones I smelled were too similar to Lemon Pledge for my taste, but I'm told these peachy ones have a diff scent.

Colleen, the banana thing is just like it sounds, scratch a little dirt back somewhere near the base of the plant, place whole banana or, more often for me, just the peels, then cover again. When it's really hot during summer I don't usually bother covering. Within a few hours, it will be shriveled/melted, looking like part of the mulch. The nutrients in the banana are the ones needed to encourage blooms on roses, and apparently also on Brugs, assuming it's the right time of year & conditions are otherwise not prohibitive of blooming and all that's missing is some nutrients in the soil.
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Name: Colleen
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Agoo
Oct 27, 2016 9:48 AM CST
Thank You! Tiffany for the info about the bananas. I don't have any brugs right now Sighing! (someday maybe) but I do have a few roses that I'm going to try that on.
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Oct 27, 2016 9:57 AM CST
I just found this thread, a bit late! I was sent brug cuttings last year. They were in bad shape due to sitting nearly a week in the post office. I planted them up and they have all survived and grown well in the greenhouse. One is about 4 ft tall. None have made a Y. Do you pinch them or do they do it naturally? I also planted one outdoors at our arizona place. It is doing very well so far, but probably will get killed by frost. I was surprised that a cutting could bloom in a year! I just hope mine will bloom next year.
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Oct 27, 2016 10:58 AM CST
Karen, pinching will not produce a Y. Here is a link to a page I made about the Brugmansia Y - it also shows other indicators of blooming:

http://www.xeramtheum.com/mysteriousy.htm

Also, for those of you who have them in the ground, once a frost knocks them down do NOT cut them back unless you are absolutely 120% sure that the branch is completely dead. Otherwise you risk having the roots send out new shoots which will be definitely killed during the next freeze. When I was growing them in the ground I'd cut the dead branches back around March.
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