Getting the best from brugmansias

I am pleased to report that the brugmansias are doing well – or some of them are. I never fail to be amazed at how hungry brugmansias are. I feed them all weekly with a high-potash food but they really need more nitrogen and a balanced feed is better really. Although most of them are growing and flowering their leaves are not as big as I would really like. I have planted some out into borders and these should do well although I will have the problem of digging them up and getting them settled in pots for winter.

Three others have been put into big pots. I did what I always say you shouldn’t do and put a thick layer of manure in the base, on top of a drainage layer of gravel. This was the evil-smelling mushroom compost that nearly caused the death of my tomatoes. I reckoned that by the time the roots got down to the rich stuff the plants would be able to cope with it. And I am pleased to say I was right because these three plants are easily out-performing all the others and are healthy, big and flowering well. So it sort of confirms what I have always said – that you can’t overfeed brugmansias!

'Herzensbrucke' is a B. suaveolens hybrid with large golden flowers with a slight pink edge. It is sweetly fragrant at night and during the day the flowers close.

‘Herzensbrucke’ is a B. suaveolens hybrid with large golden flowers with a slight pink edge. It is sweetly fragrant at night and during the day the flowers close.

The plant is sturdy and seems to flower non-stop, not in in flushes as so many do

The plant is sturdy and seems to flower non-stop, not in in flushes as so many do

'Angel's Love' is a double white with huge, pendant flowers and a delicious scent

‘Angel’s Love’ is a double white with huge, pendant flowers and a delicious scent

The plant is growing well and flowering profusely

The plant is growing well and flowering profusely

'Gold Star' is a B. aurea hybrid with outward-facing flowers with long petal tips. It is sweetly scented and was bred by Ernst Todt

‘Gold Star’ is a B. aurea hybrid with outward-facing flowers with long petal tips. It is sweetly scented and was bred by Ernst Todt

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments on “Getting the best from brugmansias”

  1. joy
    June 29, 2014 at 7:46 am #

    wonderful

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