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Perennials/Brugmansia and Datura


Mark Robertson wrote at 2015-02-28 04:27:41
I am sceptical that the problem is heat. I successfully grew and bloomed both yellow and peach-pink varieties in Riverside, CA. I then lived in Sacramento 6 years and now live in Roseville, CA 4 years. I don't think it is hotter in Sacramento. But Sacramento definately has more frost. I found that in Riverside I also lost buds and growth was poor in they grew in pots. When I planted in the ground, mostly heavy clay with some sand and organic amendment, they really took off, 8 ft tall and wide on a gazebo by the second year and covered with flowers, every year thereafter. I just cut it back dead and frost damaged branches to strong stems each spring. I guess your problem is the pot is too small and it either dries out periodically or is waterlogged. Give the roots some room and rich moist soil, and they will thrive. Protect them from frost by winding with large out-door Christmas lights, incandescent not LED, and covering with frost cloth.  


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Tom Alonzo


I have been a gardener for 20 years with perennials both growing from seed and from nurseries. I went through the Master Gardener Program from Kansas State University Cooperative Extension Service and I answered questions on the Hotline a few years ago for the Wyandotte County Kansas Extension Service. I have also lived in the Florida, California, Hawaii, Arizona, Texas, Kansas and Missouri and am experienced with a variety of climates, soils and weather conditions.


I have been growing perennials for over 20 years now. I am self-taught mostly except for a master gardener class. I have experimented with all kinds of perennials including many that are not common to my area. I have read hundreds of books and grown hundreds of varieties of plants and hope to make it a business some day. I have become versed in botanical names and growing conditions and what I don't know off of the top of my head I can usually easily find in my vast array of research material and botanical and horticultural contacts. I especially enjoy experimenting with growing plants out of zone.

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