Brugmansias forum: New to brugmansias

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Name: Lynda Horn
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gardenfish
Dec 17, 2019 5:58 AM CST
I will be purchasing my first brugmansia this spring. Because I live in zone 7b, I will be looking for one that is good in a large pot. I don't want one that will grow to be over 8 feet tall. The summer weather here is hot and humid. Any suggestions as to a good cultivar for me? Thanks for all suggestions!
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Jan 14, 2020 7:03 AM CST
I have often thought that the cultivar doesn't really matter. Its what color you like. They only come in such a limited range, or as singles/doubles/triples. Pink, Salmon, yellow, creamsicle orange and white are it.

If I had to pick ONE, I would pick CULEBRA because it has unusual leaves. Its white. I have grown may drugs, we used to trade for them all the time and there was a lady here in my area who hybridized her own. Mine now are all the plain old standard Ecuador Pink which is a great old standby. But even in a container they can get tall tall tall. Mine are unground and are over 12-14 feet tall.

But its easy to keep them at a more reasonable height, all you need to go is prune them every winter a few weeks before you plan to bring them in. This also encourages branching.

They tend to drop leaves in winter anyway, and indoors I am sure they will drop leaves. But they come back fine ind Spring.

I have a small Culebra that I got in a trade a year ago, its still in a container in my greenhouse and I think I am going to leave it there.
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Rhapsody616
Feb 23, 2020 8:34 PM CST
I thought I remembered something about the cutting coming from above or below the Y. One of them yelled a shorter tree while the other yelled a taller one.
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