Datura which is also known as trumpet flower is actually a native South American plant. The plant is known for its bold flowers and rapid growth. Datura plant is an herbaceous perennial or annual plant with a deadly reputation as an ingredient in poisons and love potions. Growing datura in pots is very easy. Continue reading to learn more about Datura plant.

Trumpet flower or Datura is often confused with Brugmansia. The Brugmansia plant can become a massive woody tree but Datura plant is smaller and less woody with upright as opposed to drooping flowers. The Datura plant has a bad rap due to a history that links it to such dangerous plants as nightshade and mandrake. Let’s set that aside and look at its attributes. The Datura plants grow quickly and may get up to about four feet tall. The blooms are actually fragrant and particularly so at night. Most flowers are white but they may also be purple, yellow, lavender and red. The stems are really soft, but erect, and they have a grayish green tinge. The leaves are lobed and lightly furred. The flowers are the standout at several inches (9 cm.) in width. The Datura plants are generally an annual but self seeds vigorously and the seedlings grow at a furious rate to adult plants in one season. This self-seeding behavior ensures Datura plant growing year after year.    


How to Grow Datura from Seed

The Datura plants are extremely easy to grow from seed. The Datura plants need full sun and rich fertile earth that drains well. Sow the datura seeds directly outside into a prepared bed in fall in warmer climates and in early spring after all danger of frost has passed in cooler climates. You can grow datura plants inside or outside in a pot, or simply spread the datura seeds with a light coat of sand outside in a sunny location. Actually the little plants will exceed your expectations with their speedy growth and low maintenance.  


Datura Plant Care

Trumpet flower or Datura need full sun, fertile soil and regular watering. The plants get droopy and cranky if they do not get adequate moisture. During winter the plant can sustain themselves in most climates with whatever moisture naturally occurs. Datura plant care specifies that the potted plants actually need special care and annual repotting. Trumpet flower or Datura may lose leaves in winter if left outside in milder climates, but spring back in warmer temperatures. Trumpet flower growing in colder zones will require you to move the plant indoors or just let it reseed and start new plants. You can fertilize in spring with a light flowering plant food that is high in nitrogen and then follow with a formula higher in phosphorus to promote flowering. Also cut back errant stems, but otherwise you don’t need to prune this plant. Staking may be necessary when the Trumpet flower or Datura grows too quickly and has slender stems.    

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