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How To Plant Brugmansia Seeds

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Brugmansia seed typically germinate somewhere between 2 to 10 weeks – however sometimes seed can germinate faster or slower spending on germination conditions (temperature, light, moisture, etc.).

Normally I let the seeds I plant sit for a year before I determine that they are no good, unless I begin to see mold growing and then I toss them.



Brugmansia Seeds

I purchased this pack of  30 plus assorted, Brugmansia hybrid seeds from Sumner Gardens.

I got these through a Facebook group that I belong to and this man had offered these packets of seeds to us at this great price.

I think I paid $2.50 for the seeds and that included shipping.

I wanted to buy the seeds because I lost my large Brugmansia plant a couple of years back, they don’t sell these plants locally and I really love this plant.

It is commonly called angel trumpet and it has these huge trumpets shaped blooms that hang down.

They open at night and they are incredibly fragrant.

First Time Sowing Brugmansia Seeds

Now I have bought all of my plants in the past, but I decided to go with seed because these are crosses from his plants and you never know what you’re going to end up with.

So that can be really exciting.

If you’re wondering why I’m wearing gloves in the video when I was handling the seeds, it’s because I have an allergic reaction to any type of Brugmansia seed.

I like to soak the seeds for 24 to 48 hours, but this time I’m not going to do that since I already have my peat pots expanded.

I have also had them on the heat mat, heating them up a little bit, so we’re just going to plant these exactly like they are.

Now, if you want to peel the bark off the seed coat, you can either peel them as they are, or you can soak them for 24 hours and then peel the bark.

How I Plant Brugmansia Seeds

Now I’m going to use a tweezer, because that’s the easiest way that I have found.

I’m just going to set a seed right here in the top of each peat pot.

I want to make sure that these make really good contact with the soil, because if they’re not making contact with the soil, they are not going to germinate right.

I’m going to sprinkle a very light coating of vermiculite on top.

Now I’m going to wait and see what happens when they sprout.

These will flower next year, and I will be able to see what colors and styles of flowers I have.

Sterile Seed Starting Mix Is A Must

Normally you would use a sterile seed starting mix.

Since I am using peat pellets, the soil is already sterile, so all I had to do was add water and plant the seeds.

Sometimes the peat pellets don’t quite expand the way you want them to, and you have to help them expand.

An easy way to do this is to pick the peat pellet up and lightly squeeze the sides to help break the peat up.

How To Save Brugmansia Seeds

This plant is beautiful, but all parts of the plant are toxic.

So if you’re growing this and you have children or pets, you want to make sure that they don’t ingest any part of this plant.

If you are growing it after you touch the plant for any reason, such as when you prune it, you want to make sure that you wash your hands very well with soap and hot water.

I always wear gloves, like I said, because I have had a reaction to the plant.

If I decide to save seeds from this plant, once I start seeing the seed part form, I will get a pantyhose footie and cover the seed pod with it.

That way when the seed pod bursts open the pantyhose is going to catch the seeds and you’re not going to lose them on the ground.

The seed pods have a liquid inside them that you do not want to get on your hands – and using pantyhose allows the seed pod to split open and the liquid to drain out so you don’t risk getting it on your skin.

How Soon Does Brugmansia Flower When Grown From Seed?

Brugmansia can flower in as little as 9 months under ideal conditions, however in colder climates it can take 18 months or more before you get your first flower.

Since my seeds have different parentage and are different crosses, I have no idea what the flowers are going to look like until they bloom.

This is part of the fun of growing plants from seed!


Seed Starting



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