Save Me From a Crime
I'm a long time GW poster, lurker, learner. I know absolutely nothing about brugmansia, but have gardened in a basic way with a certain amount of good effect for many years. I'm particularly passionate about fragrance, so I guess it's strange that I waited so long to get to know a brug. I have exactly one. Not dozens. Not 100s.
I purchased in the spring from Select Seed. It's a 'Charles Grimaldi�.
I am longing to experience flowers. Figure I haven't lived until I do!
If anyone knows me from the Landscape Design forum, you may have stumbled across the fact -- I don't mention it too often -- that I'm blind.
I mention it here because someone may ask, "Well, what color are the leaves." Or may suggest I post a pic.
Here's the deal. I sort of figured I should giveCharlie good basic care this summer. I kept him in a container. Fertilized, watered, even through drought and water restrictions. Prayed that he might grace me with a bloom or two in his youth. No luck. But the plant has "felt" healthy. You know, sort of feeling the strength in the stem and leaf growth. It has appeared to grow well. I may have under-fertilized, but in the record heat didn't think extra fert was a good idea.
We have now just finished a record cool September.
And, for the first time, Charlie is showing stress. I have a dozen or so plants that come in for the winter. This is my first with a brug. Now it has these curling leaves. What to do? What to do?
I've read several threads about how to overwinter. I live in a raised ranch, which means no basement and also no crawl space. I'm concerned that the garage in my zone 6 won't stay at 42 degrees. But I think keeping this pot on top of my garden desk in the garage is my best bet. The desk is close to the inner wall of the house, so I think it could sleep there for the winter.
So, here are the specific questions:
1. Are the curling leaves possibly the plant's response to some chilly weather?
2. Should I just cut charlie back and bring into the garage for the winter?
Please don't let me kill him before I experience brug blooms. (Oh, I know, I know. I may have to try this all over again, right?)
Thanks for any help or encouragement you can give. I'm eager to learn.