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!