datura from seed

marricgardensFebruary 28, 2013

I traded for several varieties of datura/brugmansia. I did read up on starting them (apparently not enough!) and read that they need bottom heat to germinate. I did that but so far only only 4 seeds have germinated. Originally I had planted 8 pots with 3 seeds per pot. Any tips to help with the germination? I'd like to try with a second planting. Thanks. Marg

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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

There are lots of different kinds of garden daturas and all of them are noted for "erratic germination". So you might have more show up later.

I don't grow them regularly but one year I indoor sowed single purple (2 weeks to germination) and double purple (3+ weeks to germination). The single ones grew so fast/weedy that I threw them out. The double variety was a steadier grower. How long ago did you plant them?

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 5:05PM
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marricgardens

I planted them about a month ago, I'm very impatient LOL. So far the 4 that grew were all dble purple. Marg

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 7:01PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

It could be old seed, or not viable for some other reason... you never know with seed trades but the price is right. I guess I'd just keep watering them and see if more show up.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 10:19PM
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stanly(Z03)

I usually grow the single white Datura and every year they are difficult to germinate. They have a very frustrating as old seed is not viable and take 30 plus days to germinate. Last year I put a wet paper towel in a margarine container, put about 20 seeds in and about 10 germinated. I also took another 30 seeds and put them in vermiculite and set them on a heated seed starter and got another 15 to germinate. Good luck and have patience

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 12:48AM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

This is good to know as i'd really like some white datura in my mom's memorial garden this year - 'Angel's Trumpet'. :) I guess i'd better start now!

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 9:15AM
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marricgardens

Marcia, I have some white angel trumpet seeds left. If you want them, let me know. Marg

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 10:09AM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

Marg, i got some "Belle Blanche" from the Box of Seeds and am trying the wet paper towel method with them.Thanks for the offer, though! :)

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 2:36PM
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