Hi, my name is Byron Martin, here at Logee’s Greenhouses. And today, we’re going to be
talking about ‘Angel Trumpets’ or Brugmansias. And, Brugmansias are large
flowering shrubs, or small trees. Most of them shrubs, that emanate from the high
elevations of South America. Off of those original plants, have come many hybrids.
And, generally, in terms of the color form, we have a white; we have a pink; we have a
yellow; and we also have an orange. There’s different depths of colors in
those, and we also have some that have double flowers to them. They’re very easy
to grow. They’re in the family of Solanaceae, meaning they’re in the tomato
family, and they grow about as fast as a tomato, especially in the summer time . Their
cultural needs, which are direct sunlight, full sun. We’re growing them out here in the
bright sunshine of summer. They also have a quite a bit of transpiration stress, meaning
that the leaves lose water very easily. So, you need to make sure that their
water needs are taken care of, and they can easily wilt down on a hot day. Make sure
that your pot sizes are adequate to contain the plant. However, no matter what
pot you have them in, they will eventually grow out of it. So, to maintain them, you
actually need to do some pruning– root pruning, and/or cutting the foliage off,
or the limbs off, periodically, to maintain the size. Generally, they’re considered
heavy feeders, and the rule of thumb is, if you think you’ve fed a Brugmansia enough,
feed it again. So, if you use a liquid fertilizer, and you add it to your water– or you use a granular fertilizer; a slow-release, like Osmocote, or something like that–
or, if you use an organic fertilizer to top dress, make sure you do it in abundance, and frequently throughout the growing season. Obviously, any time you add fertilizer, you can
burn plants, especially with salt fertilizers, which are the liquids in the osmocote.
But, don’t under feed them: that will create a yellow plant, that won’t grow,
and you won’t get many flowers out of it. So, abundant feed, especially from spring to fall, is the rule of thumb. One of the things
about growing Brugmansias, is they have a growth cycle, and a bloom cycle. So this
is a young plant that’s growing up, and turning into a specimen. And, it’s created
a central leader that’s running straight up, straight up, straight up. At some point,
it forks; creates these two forks. At that point, it’s beginning to flower. So, here’s the young
flower bud coming out. And, you’ll see that if you follow that stem up again, there’s
another fork, and more flower bud comes out but. That is the beginning of the flowering
cycle, and whenever we look at Brugmansias, like this one, right here–
see there’s– an initial flower came out of this one, and then it forked, and then
another flower came out. And then, it’s coming up here, and it’s doing the same
thing. It’s creating more flower buds as we go along. So, one of the things about
these flowers, is that they’re intensely fragrant. And this growing area
in the evening is just filled with the fragrance of Brugmansias. It wafts over
the whole area, as we walk by in the evening. It’s a great plant to have on a patio, or in a
sunroom, or in a garde,n where you want to have evening fragrance to them– what would
be called, a moon garden. So, thank you for watching today. There’s a little
bit of information on how to grow Angel Trumpets, or Brugmansias– wonderful
plants for the home and garden, bringing both flowers and fragrance.