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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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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 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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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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How to identify the various forms of Brugmansia

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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 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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Posted in: Brugmansia Care
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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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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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Brugmansia Inner Bloom Anatomy

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Brugmansia Outer Bloom Anatomy

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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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“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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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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