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How to prune gangley angel trumpet plants

Posted by jimhokie 7a/7b (My Page) on
Wed, May 26, 10 at 20:43

I have several potted angel trumpets that were rather neglected inside over the winter. Between lack of watering and a mite infestation, the plants had almost completely defoliated. I took them back outside a few weeks ago, sprayed, feed, and watered them, and now they are growing much foliage, and even a few flower buds already. But they are basically tall (~4') stalks with a small group of leaves and short branches at the very top, and the full length of the trunk covered with small shoots. My question is, should I prune out some of the shoots to allow the remaining branches to grow out better? If so, how many to prune out and how many to leave? I.e, should I prune off every other one, or leave every third one, etc.?

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RE: How to prune gangley angel trumpet plants

Hi Jimhokie,
Brugmansia can be shaped however you want. Some grow one tall main trunk and others have several trunks growing out of the base. You could certainly remove all the leaves and shoots from the bottom of the trunk and have it shaped like a standard.I remove leaves if I have time, if not, oh well!LOL Hope I helped. Theresa

Here are a few photos of mine. All different shapes.
Overwintered Plants~New Trop.Garden~~Filling in
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RE: How to prune gangley angel trumpet plants

Yes, Theresa, that helped. I wasn't sure if they were supposed to be bushier or more just top growth on stalks, like my plumerias. I stripped most of the trunks, so hopefully more energy will go into the top growth.


RE: How to prune gangley angel trumpet plants

You're welcome!


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