Winter Care Of Angel Trumpet (datura) - Knowledgebase Question

Bridgewater, MA
Question by Dahlia1015
October 20, 1999
How do I care for my potted Angel Trumpet (datura) for the winter? Do I let it rest in a cool place with no water or do I bring it in the house and keep it green for the winter?

Answer from NGA
October 20, 1999


You will need to bring it indoors for the winter. Examine it cartefully for pests before you bring it in and if there is time, gradually move it to a shadier location so it can become used to reduced light. You can try to keep it growing and blooming (it may get huge) if you have a very sunny location to keep it in. If not, trim it back by about a third and keep it in a bright but cool location, about 55 or 60 degrees works well. Cut back on the water and fertilizer as the growth slows for the season, then increase it again in spring when it picks up. Gradually reacclimate the plant to the real sunlight and eventually move it outside for the summer.

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