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My First Experience Growing a "Brug"

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Project by Iris43 posted 10-31-2010 06:58 PM 1632 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Once jroot shared pictures of his beautiful Brugmansias with us, I was hooked. I can’t say if I had ever seen a ‘brug’ before, but I was hooked once I saw John’s pictures. When my neighbour offered me a ‘slip’ of a brug, even though it looked like a bare stick, I knew I had to try and grow this beautiful flower.

I have to admit, I doubted this ‘stick’ would grow, but I was wrong! I didn’t even take a picture of the stick, bc of my doubt, but I dusted what I hoped was the root end of the stick with root hormone and planted it in some good potting soil. Within a few days I saw new growth in the form of green nubbins, which then grew into small leaves. Probably two weeks later I had the small leaves seen in second picture.

I had heard that a brugmansia would not bloom until it had developed a ‘Y’ in it’s growth, so I watch for this ‘stick’ to develop new branches therefore forming a ‘Y’.

brugmansia

On John’s advice, I watched for the development of the special leaves that indicated the plant would bloom.

brugmansia

Even as the plant grew and became more promising-looking, I still doubted I would see a bloom this year, but I was prepared to wait, even until next summer if that what it took to bloom. The plant surprised me, and from June when I received a ‘stick’ to one Sept. morning I found this…..

Brugmansia

Late in the season to start blooming, but maybe extra nice bc other flowers were beginning to slow down by late September. Once the brug starting blooming, there has been no stopping it…...well maybe frost would stop it, but acouple days ago I brought the plant indoors. And that’s when I found out, “Yes, John. It has a very strong fragrance!”

Brugmansia

Brugmansia

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-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'



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Iris43

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posted 10-31-2010 07:01 PM

I’d like to thank jroot for his advice and encouragement to try this beautiful, exotic plant. :)

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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IceFlower

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posted 10-31-2010 07:27 PM

Iris, it looks so loved! You’ve done such a nice job loving and caring for it. and all those new blossoms coming after moving it inside? That’s going to be so nice during the holidays :)

-- Alynxia**** It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. 'The Buddha'****

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Iris43

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posted 10-31-2010 07:30 PM

Thanks, I’m very pleased with it! :)

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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stefang

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posted 10-31-2010 07:53 PM

A thrilling story Iris and a beautiful plant that exemplifies one of natures miracles. A story that we are privileged to experience over and over. The last photo said it all. Thanks for letting us in on the enjoyment.

-- Mike the reluctant gardening assistant of Lillian

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 10-31-2010 08:45 PM

Great story, Iris! You did a fantastic job helping that little cutting become a beautiful flowering plant. Will you be keeping it in your house or will you be bringing it to your DD’s greenhouse for the winter?

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Bon

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posted 10-31-2010 09:06 PM

Wow just look at those beautiful Brugs.Hope mine grow as good for me as yours did for you.Nice job for your first try.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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Iris43

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posted 10-31-2010 09:23 PM

Bon, I’m sure you will not have any trouble growing your slips. Good luck with them.

Robin, my plant will go to Wyndyacre’s GH, as it is in the middle of my livingroom here. :) I think I will get to see most of the buds bloom bf it goes though.

Mike, I’m glad you enjoyed reading about my adventure with the brug. We’ve missed seeing you here at GardenTenders for awhile. Good to see you joining us again. :)

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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jroot

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posted 10-31-2010 11:41 PM

Congratulations, Iris. Well done. She is a beauty!

I had to cut off the flowers of mine because the fragrance was “too much” for my wife’s allergies as they were indoors.

Do you know the variety of brugmansia?

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Iris43

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posted 11-01-2010 12:49 AM

Thanks, jroot. When I was sitting next to the plant last evening, I thought I might need to something drastic like cutting the flowers off. The fragrance was so strong and it was making my stomach unsettled. I moved it across the room, to give myself some space. Today I put it in another room. :) I go in to visit it often. :)

I’m sorry, I don’t know the variety. The neighbour that gave it to me doesn’t have a clue, either.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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jroot

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posted 11-01-2010 01:18 AM

ah … a NO ID white brug. I have one like that too. :)

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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MsDebbieP

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posted 11-01-2010 12:22 PM

wonderful story and I just want to clap like a little kid, excited at your success.

Sounds like the aroma is one you just have to experience at least once in your lifetime.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Iris43

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posted 11-01-2010 02:22 PM

Deb, it’s quite a pleasant fragrance, if you can get it in a smaller dose. :) It was just right last evening….with the plant in another room.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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MsDebbieP

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posted 11-01-2010 02:29 PM

I chuckled at that—- “with it in another room” :)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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davidc61

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posted 11-03-2010 09:28 AM

Great story Iris, you must be so pleased with your results. Just like a naughty child put it another room and check on it now and again.

-- David, Adelaide South Australia. Every day I wake up breathing is a good day!

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Penny

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posted 11-04-2010 01:15 PM

Well done, Iris!

-- Gardening is Great Therapy!!.....Georgian Bay area....zone 5b

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Dar

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posted 03-05-2011 03:45 PM

Hi,
I grew this plant in Germany, outdoors in a pot in the summer. What did you do with it in the Winter? We cut them off to about 1 ft. and put them in a dark, cool cellar. In the springtime, we dragged them out to start again. They are very vigorous and if you feed them enough, they will hold their leaves and flower earlier. I knew a guy with one that was 6ft high and 5th across. Very impressive. FYI very poisonous and I believe they used to use it for medicinal purposes.

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jroot

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posted 03-05-2011 05:29 PM

I’ve got on in my loft right now that is well over 7 feet and stretching across the ceiling. I don’t know how successful I will be getting it downstairs and outside for the summer. There are many more up there, as well as some in the dining room, and one in the cold cellar.

Yes we must be aware of the qualities of the plant. I had brugmansia poisoning once, and went partially blind for 14 hours. I am much more careful when I handle them now. But I still love them,- particularly my variegated brug.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Iris43

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posted 03-05-2011 08:48 PM

I have this plant still living happily in my house, sitting in a bedroom window.

It has had acouple close calls with disaster….... The first, when I planned on sending it out to my DD greenhouse. The move got delayed and delayed….until we had that big snowstorm just bf Christmas. Remember the one when the military had to rescue people stranded on the 402? The electricty was lost at the greenhouse for acouple days during that extremely cold weather and many things in the gh was lost. But not the brug bc it was still in my bedroom!

The second close call happen when I went to Florida. I made arrangements for my DD to look after my house and water the plants while I was away for the month…..But somehow neglected to check that the extra house key was not in it’s usual safe-keeping place. My DD couldn’t enter the house for the whole time I was away! I came home, expecting many dead and dried-up plants. However, not only where all the plants fine, but many of them are blooming, the Christmas cactus and the Afirican violets.

Aren’t plants wonderful!?

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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MsDebbieP

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posted 03-05-2011 10:00 PM

oh my .. quite the close-calls!

my Xmas Cactus is blooming for the 3rd time this winter.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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