Has this Brugmansia dies?

feliasNovember 14, 2010

Hello everyone. I'm new here and am hoping I can get some advice as I have been using this forum as a source to help me with my landscaping since I bought my home.

We moved in in April after purchasing the house in a short sale so the home was vacant for 6 months. We had a great deal of landscaping to do, which we knew nothing about. We have the yard looking acceptable now but the only problem is this Angel Trumpet.

When we moved in the tree had not received any water in months other that the rain, which we don't get much of in San Diego.

The tree however did not look as bad as it does now. I started by watering it 3 days a week for 3 minutes. I have cut back to once a week for 3 minutes. I also recently trimmed it but I cant tell if its useless. Is this tree dead? If not, what can I do to make it look full and healthy?

Here is what it looked like in April

and here:

Here is what it looks like now:

I trimmed it 2 weeks ago and it had dead branches but started growing some new leaves and trumpets. But it still looks bad:

and this dosent look good either

Please help. Can this tree go back to looking full or should it be replaced?

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chena(z8 Texas)

YES Replace it and send it to me..LOL J/K.. :D
WELCOME by the way!!
I have no clue where you live but .. You can trim it back to the shape you want..Leaving the Y's on the branches you want to keep.. It looks healthy and perhaps reacting to the weather changes.. which will cause the leaves to yellow and drop..
(Love the sidewalk !!)
The last pic never loaded for me but I don't see anything wrong with the plant .. Other than it should be at my house..LOL

    Bookmark   November 15, 2010 at 1:32AM
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tommysmommy(Colorado)

If your tree was at my house I would say those pock marks on the branches were from a hail storm. I don't know if you get those in San Diego tho. Actually the tree looks like it could use some good fertilizer, but it's a really good size and it's blooming, so those are pluses. If you don't expect any freezes you could start by giving it some regular miracle gro just to nourish it and put some leaves on it. Once it has more growth, you can encourage it to bloom more with Bloom Plus or any fertilizer with higher middle number. Don't dig it up, it's not as bad as you think, just a little sparse.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2010 at 8:56AM
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karyn1(7a)

It just looks like it needs a bit of TLC. Trim out the dead and damaged branches and fertilize it regularly. I personally don't care for MG products as they contain a lot of salts that build up over time but some people swear by it. Your brug should look good in a reasonably short amount of time. You have a perfect climate in SD for so many plants. I'm jealous!

    Bookmark   November 15, 2010 at 9:36AM
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tommysmommy(Colorado)

Karyn, you need to tell this person what kind of fertilizer if you don't like MG. I, too, am jealous of San Diego's climate!!

    Bookmark   November 15, 2010 at 6:53PM
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karyn1(7a)

I use too many others to post. My email address is listed and they can contact me if they want.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 6:33AM
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felias

Thanks everyone for the input. I'm going to take all the suggestions and let you guys know how it turned out!

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 8:06AM
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tommysmommy(Colorado)

Look forward to hearing what works.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2010 at 9:54AM
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