Angel’s Trumpets are one of the easiest plants to grow. You can find it in bloom at many garden centres right now, even in Autumn.
It looks so dramatic, as its pendulous floral bells sway from sturdy branches.
It also has the most fabulous fragrance. The colours range from pristine white to peachy pink and creamy yellow. Dark pinks are also a feature. These flowers put on a truly spectacular show.
An old-fashioned pass-along plant, angel’s trumpet has long found favour in the South’s coastal and frost-free climates.
In these regions, mature plants can reach 15 feet tall.
The heaviest flowering time extending from late summer into fall.
Gardeners in cooler climates can have the same results by growing one in a container.
Before the first frost, move the pot to a heated garage, or any other warm covered spot, to wait out cold winter months.
Its leaves will drop, so light is not a concern during this rest period.
Angel’s trumpets (Brugmansia), are sun-loving, fast-growing plants.
In the Lower South, they appreciate light afternoon shade, while in the Middle and Upper South, they welcome all of summer’s warmth. Angel’s trumpets need well-drained soil.
When growing one in a pot, make sure the container has a large hole in the bottom to allow easy water passage.
The growth rate is rapid, so plenty of water and fertilizer are necessary to keep these plants vigorous and blooming.
Daily watering is necessry if your plant is in a container. Do not keep water in a bowl underneath your plant, as although water is vital, soggy soil is not what these plants want or need. Brugmansias are heavy feeders, and a liquid, blossom-boosting fertilizer such as 15-30-15 or 10-50-10 keeps them producing flowers. Do not overfeed.
The blooms are complemented by large, coarsely textured leaves. Try to keep your plants away from any windy spots, so choose a protected location if possible. As these flowers are so spectacular, it is always a good idea to put them in a prominent spot, such as, near a deck, terrace or patio.
A simple to share plant
Angel’s trumpets root easily, thus making them the perfect pass along gift for fellow gardeners. Cut new stems sprouting from the plant’s base, or save older branches when pruning the angel’s trumpets.
Trim each long stem into pieces that are 6 to 8 inches in length. Make your cuts directly above raised nodes on the stem. The first piece will have leaves, while the others may not.
Fill containers with moist potting soil, and gently push the bottom of each stem into the mix, submerging half of its length.
Place the pots in a shady place, keeping the soil moist.
Within several weeks, roots will form and new leaves will emerge.
Keep the plants in these containers until adequate root systems have developed. To test readiness, pull gently on the stems. They should be firmly anchored.
For all the excitement and drama this plant gives to the landscape, angel’s trumpets is a must-have for the summer garden.
Easy to grow, simple to share, and boasting fabulous flowers and fragrance too!!
An absolute must for your garden.