Brugmansia suaveolens is an exotic beauty that is native to the mild lowlands of Brazil. Angel Trumpets are large shrubs with lush foliage and masses of delightfully fragrant blooms that grow 25 to 30cm (10 to 12 in) long, often blooming the first year from seed. They can transform a terrace or patio into a tropical paradise, blooming continually from midsummer until frost. A mature plant may display as many as 80 to 100 blooms at one time! In the cool, moist air of evening, their fragrance is spellbinding. Grow in large containers, preferably in full sun, and winter them indoors near a sunny window. They can either be grown in a 20cm (8in) pot and pruned hard each year after flowering, or given space and allowed to grow into a specimen plant. If grown outdoors, Brugmansia will attain a height of 90 to 120cm (3 to 4’) the first season and can double in size in subsequent years. The leaves, stems and flowers are poisonous.
Growing Instructions for the Orange Angel’s Trumpet
The seeds need to be planted when received or stored in a refrigerator until they are planted. 1. Soak the seed in water for 24 hours. 2. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. 3. Put the mixture in a pot with drainage holes in the base. 4. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet. 5. Put the seeds on the soil. 6. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil. 7. Water the seeds and keep the soil moist but not wet. 8. Place the pots in an area with warm temperatures in full sun or part shade. The seeds take 3-4 weeks to germinate. 9. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.