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Growing and Cultivating Brugmansia in the UK: A Rewarding Hobby

Brugmansia, also known as Angel's Trumpets, are stunning plants with large, trumpet-shaped flowers in vibrant colors. While they're not native to the UK, their exotic beauty and adaptability make them popular choices for hobby gardeners. However, their tropical origins require special attention, particularly regarding overwintering.

Brugmansia 'DS Tilleul Menthe'

Here's a comprehensive guide to growing and cultivating Brugmansia in the UK:

Climate and Location:

  • Temperature: Brugmansia thrives in warm temperatures, ideally above 8°C. They're sensitive to frost, so protection is crucial during winter.

  • Sunlight: They prefer bright, indirect sunlight, especially when outdoors in summer. Avoid harsh midday sun, which can scorch the leaves.

  • Shelter: Protect your Brugmansia from strong winds, which can damage their delicate flowers.

Brugmansia 'Wuppergold'

Planting and Care:

  • Containers: Brugmansia are often grown in large pots (at least 60cm diameter) with good drainage. Use a John Innes No. 3 compost or similar well-draining, moisture-retentive potting mix. 

  • Soil: In gardens, ensure the soil is fertile, well-drained, and rich in organic matter. Amend heavy clay soil with sand or grit to improve drainage. Plant from May to November, and list before the frost.

  • Watering: Brugmansia are thirsty plants, especially during hot weather. Water regularly, keeping the soil moist but not soggy.

  • Feeding: Feed them weekly with a liquid fertilizer for flowering plants during the growing season. Tomato feed works well.

  • Pruning: Prune regularly to encourage branching and maintain desired shape. Pinch out growing tips to promote bushier growth.

Brugmansia 'Artus'


  • Temperature: Brugmansia cannot tolerate temperatures below 3°C . Overwinter them in a frost-free location, such as a conservatory, heated greenhouse, or well-insulated shed.

  • Light: Reduce watering and provide some light, even if minimal, during winter.

  • Dormancy: Some gardeners prefer forcing dormancy by keeping the plant dry and cool (around 5°C) in a dark place. This might result in leaf loss, but the plant will re-sprout in spring.

Brugmansia 'Super Spot'

Additional Tips:

  • Start with young plants for faster results.

  • Mulch around the base of the plant to retain moisture and suppress weeds.

  • Deadhead spent flowers to encourage further blooming.

  • Be patient, as Brugmansia might take a year or two to establish and flower prolifically.

Important Note:

All parts of the Brugmansia plant are poisonous if ingested. Keep them away from children and pets.

Brugmansia 'Shredded Dress'

With proper care and attention, you can successfully grow and cultivate Brugmansia in the UK, enjoying their breathtaking blooms throughout the summer months.

We have lots of different cultivars of Brugmansia please visit the plant shop here:

Happy gardening!

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