iBrugs Knowledge Center

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Organic gardening requires a completely different approach to traditional, chemical-based gardening techniques. As more and more gardeners throughout the country become aware of the harmful effects of chemical use on our families, communities and environment, the more educated we become on alternative methods of plant and lawn care, pest control and sustainable agriculture.
 
Did you know that more than 1 million children between the ages of 1 and 5 ingest at least 15 pesticides every day from fruits and vegetables?

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Posted in: Organic Gardening
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 Most Brugmansia can grow and flower all year round if they are not exposed to damaging temperatures below freezing. But many Brugmansia enthusiasts live in climate zones with pronounced winters. For these growers it is necessary to cultivate their plants in containers so they are transportable and can be brought into.... [more]

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Posted in: Brugmansia Care
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Hybridizing tipsWinter time is a great time of the year when to get together a breeding program if you’re interested in taking the quantum leap to create something special and exciting.
 
To best decide if you’re ready for a hybridization program, here’s a few good pointers to consider:

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Plant Tissue Culture for the Serious Hobbyist, Teacher, Nurseryman and Other Plant Lover

Learn how to perform plant tissue culture in the comfort of your own kitchen!

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The number one problem in the Brugmansia community is the naming of seedlings before they have been properly evaluated. Please do not broadcast news of a new seedling to the public using a proper name and call it a working name. At the rate the Americans alone are hybridizing we face....  [more]

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Hate To Mow The lawn And Dig In Bad Soil?

If this describes you and you love growing Brugmansia, I have a solution for you called Lasagna Gardening. It certainly will reduce the effort you expend once you have it made and are using it.

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Results from one of the most comprehensive surveys ever conducted on the Columbian Datura Virus in brugmansia has just been published and released by ...

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Posted in: Plant Diseases
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The first time I ever saw the word NOID I had no-id-ea what it meant.  The term NOID is often used in conjunction with a Brugmansia plant or any plant that has no identification.  For example, it may be known that the plant is a Brugmansia and a close guess may even be made as to the species, but there is no name known.

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Starting Iochroma from Seed By John Curran The seedpods of Iochroma are a woody berries, each containing several tiny pale oval seeds. If the...

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Brugmansia Seed-Starting Information by John Curran Soak and peel the corky outer-covering of the Brugmansia seed; this will improve germination,...

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Cuttings from the Sphaerocarpium group of Brugmansia (B. sanguinea, B. arborea, B. vulcanicola and their hybrids) are often notoriously difficult to root. After a few unsuccessful attempts, watching the cuttings turn into slimy mush within a short period of time, I finally found a method which I have now used successfully even in mid winter. I also applied it to other hard to root plants such as iochromas and passionflowers from the Tacsonia section with excellent results. 

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  Proper Soil Mix For Growing Brugmansia   One of the most important requirements for Brugmansia propagation and growth is a proper ...

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Plan Your Hybridizing Program   If you've been growing Brugmansia for a while and are visiting the various Brugmansia websites and forums, ...

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How to identify the various forms of Brugmansia

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Hybridizing Goals By John Curran Seedlings will need to be evaluated carefully, and those closest to your hybridizing goals selected for potential...

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Here's a short video demonstrating the process for propagating Iochroma cuttings.    
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Pollinating Iochroma

Pollinating Iochroma is like doing brain surgery. You need tools and a lot of patience. In their native habitat, Iochroma flowers are pollinated by hummingbirds, so consider that as you tackle this delicate task.

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How to Pollinate Brugmansia

Pollination of Brugmansia is best done during the cooler months or times of day.  For best pollination results pollinate in spring time or late evenings to early mornings for warm climate areas.  Tools to take with you are hemostats, tags, marker (such as uni Paint fine line), clean small paint brushes, fresh or fresh frozen pollen, and for evening pollination a flashlight.

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How to Harvest Brugmansia Seed

Now that you have a Brugmansia seed pod you need to know when it is time to harvest.  A pod is usually mature at 3 to 4 months.  I like to feel and look monitoring for ripeness.  When the pod is ripe it will start to soften. The most visible sign is a pod color change from green to some spots of yellowing.  The pod stem will also change to a brown color. Seed from an unripe pod will be white or a pale tan and may still be viable if planted immediately. Mature seed will be darker brown to very brown and almost black. I know of at least one hybridizer that just leaves the pod on the plant to dry.

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How To Collect And Store Pollen   After you've studied the Brugmansia Family Tree and set up your cross-pollination filing system for organizin...

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Our brugmansia are growing and soon it will be fall and we will want to share cuttings.  Fusarium and Phomopsis are two of the most devastating fungal invaders of brugmansia.  There are other fungal disease that mimics the signs of Fusarium and Phomopsis such as Pythium Stem Rot.  The only way to have a sure diagnosis of the disease is a report from a lab with disease diagnosis.  The reports will contain information about how to treat the diseased brugmansia.

One way that hybridizers of brugmansia are trying to decrease the incidence of stem rot is to breed brugmansia for stem rot resistance.  Many hybridizers are now crossing brugmansia without using Brugmansia suaveolens, which has been proven to be the most likely type of brugmansia that will contract stem rot.  Unfortunately, Brugmansia suaveolens is the most perfumed of all the Brugmansia species and the crossing for disease resistance is eliminating or reducing the intoxicating smell of the suaveolens species.

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Posted in: Plant Diseases
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How to form a Brugmansia into a Single Trunk Standard

Standard or bush forms are the options for shaping brugmansia.   A standard form may be obtained in two different ways.   The growing of a seedling is one way. Seedlings naturally grow into a standard tree form.   Another way is to take a side shoot cutting or bottom (from the base) which will be below the Y.  Choose a side shoot that is straight, strong, and woody.    Next follow the instructions for propagation from a cutting and place the side shoots in a gallon pot with well draining soil. Place in a shady area then water and then water only after the soil has dried on the top. The drying of the soil will help in aiding the roots to grow out while seeking water.

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WHAT CAN YOU AND YOUR FAMILY DO?

Following are some cheap and easy ways to promote healthy living for you, your family, wildlife and the environment:

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Posted in: Organic Gardening
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Brugmansia Suaveolens Inner Bloom Anatomy: Fused Anthers

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Brugmansia Shoot Tip Culture

Recipe for culture used to propagate Brugmansia via Tissue Culture.

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Brugmansia Pests: Caterpillars - Inchworm 

This morning I took a walk in my garden to inspect my brugmansia.  Recently, I had noticed some holes in the leaves, which I had thought to be from recent heavy rains.  I was surely mistaken about that speculation.  The holes had grown.  Many of the leaves were just gone!  Upon closer inspection the culprit was the inchworm larva of the geometrid moths. The inchworm is also known as looper, measuring worm, and cankerworm. 

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Posted in: Plant Pests
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Brugmansia Pests:  Caterpillars - Hornworms

It can’t be denied that caterpillars love Brugmansia.  One interesting fact is that the genus Brugmansia is a relative of the tomato.  Both are from the family Solanaceae (sol-uh-NAY-see-ee).  Therefore, it is not unusual to see brugmansia and the tomato being susceptible to the same pests and disease.   Caterpillar pests shared by both include the Tomato Hornworm and Tobacco Hornworm similar as to often be labeled as the same hornworm.

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Posted in: Plant Pests
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Brugmansia Inner Bloom Anatomy

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Brugmansia Outer Bloom Anatomy

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Bringing in a Brugmansia for Dormancy

The largest pot I ever use is 14"wide x 14" tall for my largest Brugs. That means my largest root balls are just under 7" wide from the stem to the edge so you can imagine how "pruned" they are once they are dug.
 

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Why are Sea Vegetables Beneficial to Gardening?
NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) are very important nutrients for plant growth. However, plants also need, and are often neglected of, beneficial micronutrients, enzymes, amino acids and cytokinins for optimal growth and health. Sea vegetables offer many advantages to the garden.

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Angel’s Trumpets versus Devil’s Trumpets by John Curran As the devil was once an angel, so too the common name Angel’s Trumpets was shared by Brug...

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Propagation Via Air Layering   If you've been a good parent to your Brugmansia plants, they've grown tall and have produced many flushes of bea...

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Brugmansia versicolor by Delisa Harvey Brugmansia versicolor grows in the tropical regions of Ecuador and has the largest bloom of all species of Br...

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  Brugmansia suaveolens by Delisa Harvey This shrub or small tree (6-15 ft.) comes from southeast Brazil. Bearing smooth-textured or minu...

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“A mysterious, and elusive part of the Brugmansia species in which most true facts are unverified and not fully yet understood, as it does not appear...

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Brugmansia aurea by Delisa Harvey Brugmansia aurea comes from the Andes region in Columbia, Venezuela and Ecuador.  A small tree reaching to ...

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Datura--- ibrugs! Datura--- Seed Starting by John Curran Datura seeds can require patience to start, as germination is often erratic. Soakin...

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Latest Articles

Columbian Datura Virus by Fred
Creating a Lasagna Garden by Ruth Ann

Hate To Mow The lawn And Dig In Bad Soil?

If this describes you and you love growing Brugmansia, I have a solution for you called Lasagna Gardening. It certainly will reduce the effort you expend once you have it made and are using it.

Selecting a Breeding Program by RJ
Hybridizing tipsWinter time is a great time of the year when to get together a breeding program if you’re interested in taking the quantum leap to create something special and exciting.
 
To best decide if you’re ready for a hybridization program, here’s a few good pointers to consider:
Hybridizing Guidelines by ABADS

The number one problem in the Brugmansia community is the naming of seedlings before they have been properly evaluated. Please do not broadcast news of a new seedling to the public using a proper name and call it a working name. At the rate the Americans alone are hybridizing we face....  [more]

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