soil for Brugmansia - Knowledgebase Question

Pittsburgh, PA
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Question by tstoehr
May 13, 1999
In some of the previous questions regarding the care of Brugmansias, you mention that they prefer "rich" soil - could you explain this? What type of soil are you referring to?
I have wintered over 5 of the Brugmansias in my basement with grow lights and a little water every so often. Now I have returned them, still in their pots, to the outdoors where they are beginning to sprout new growth. Each is about 4-5 ft. tall at the present time. I would like to continue to enjoy these, so I am concerned as to the type of soil and the fertilizer that I should be giving them for their continued health. Thanks very much for your help.

Answer from NGA
May 13, 1999
If your Brugmansia plants have been in the same pot over the winter, I would transplant them now using a mixture of one part commercial potting soil, one part perlite, and one part screened compost, leaf mold, or well-soaked peat moss. These plants need frequent fertilizing, so you could use a liquid fertilizer once a week. Fish emulsion and seaweed extract provide a variety of nutrients, and they won't cause a build-up of salts in the soil.

By the way, you can quite freely prune your Brugmansias if they get leggy and they will enthusiastically grow new foliage.

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