Pruning Jimsonweed

saminsaneApril 4, 2008

My Datura Stamonium is in desperate need of pruning attention but I've never taken it on to the extent of removing so much in the way of branches. I would like to know the best way to do it without hurting it. I love, love, love this jimsonweed and have seen it grow to over 5 foot and be so full and bloom like crazy. Now while the rest of my garden begins to "spring" forth, my jimsonweed looks barren and sad. I don't want to kill it, I don't want to cut it, but I do want to save it. I know about cutting off the buds and old stuff, but not full branches and I can't find anything on the web except about it's toxic and drug properties. So please, refrain from explaining it to me all again. I just want her beautiful again. Any help, please? Thank you.

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In most areas jimpsonweed is an annual. You probably need to purchase a new plant.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2008 at 9:31PM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Since it's not really a weed you are asking about, you might get limited information here :)

Why don't you try posting in its related forum, Brugmansia - I think you might find people in your zone with pruning experience there.

Here is a link that might be useful: Brugmansia forum

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 3:12PM
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Let us know if it is a Brugmansia or Jimson weed.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 9:47PM
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It's Jimsonweed, and this was the only forum that had any Jimsonweed related topics. but thanks, i've already slowly begun the process. I'm not giving up this plant, she has new growth all over her, she's just stunted by the old I think.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 11:41AM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

If you'd check the Brugs forum, you'd find several datura growers who exchange information there too. Search function the Brugs forum for 'datura', and you'll get 350+ hits. I don't grow it myself so didn't want to advise you, other than suggesting a better place for you to go to find pruning experience :)

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 1:50PM
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Most Datura growers grow them as annuals and nobody grows D. stramonium because there are better horticultural types (D. stramonium not one of them) with bigger better flowers and colors to chose from.
BTW If that picture is yours it definately is NOT D. stramonium, based on leaf shape,and color of flower. You have what looks like a form of D. inoxia AKA D. metal...a horticulture type :D


Here is a link that might be useful: Images_Datura stramonium

    Bookmark   April 10, 2008 at 10:44PM
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