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02/09/2013 at 15:46

Hi

My mother-in-law gave me some sowed Brugmansia seeds that she got in Florida. I live in South Devon and I'm wondering if these semi-tropical plants would survive here. Also, I have read they are deadly poisonous so should I even consider growing them? I don't have any kids or pets, but I do see hedgehogs in the garden.

Any help/advice would be very welcome.

Thank you, 

Carol

02/09/2013 at 17:15

They will need to be indoors in a frost-free conservatory or similar in the winter and spring until all chance of frost is past.  Some people only put them outside during the daytime even in the summer, and some keep them in their conservatory 365 days a year.

They won't harm any wildlife - although apparently Victorian maidens experienced hallucinations when in confined spaces with one when in flower.

02/09/2013 at 18:24

I had one for several years. It lived in a pot and was cut down to about 12 inches in late autumn and stored in a cool dry place. Around March/April it would sprout again and was kept outside in a sunny place all summer and was covered in flowers. The bees loved it.

05/09/2013 at 20:04

Thank you both, will have a go at growing the seedlings on. It's fairly mild all year round down here so the may have a chance, and the bees deserve as much help as possible. Def not a Victorian maiden, lol!

07/09/2013 at 11:48

Don't let the fact that it's poisenous put you off, you'd be surprised how many of the popular plants are. I grow quite a few of the myself and I'm still here to tell the tale

07/09/2013 at 11:51

As long as it's not the fact that they were given to you by your MIL that's making you wary 

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