How to Plant & Care for Brugmansia


Brugmansia (Brugmansia suaveolens), often referred to as Angel's Trumpet, is a native of South America popular for its stunning blooms, which can sometimes grow to 20 inches in length. Brugmansia blossoms open in the late evening and do not close until the sun begins to shine in the morning. These plants have a strong fragrance and can bloom through all four season in tropical climates. The incredible beauty of brugmansia is deceptive, however, as every part of this plant is toxic.

Step 1

Choose a location in your yard or garden that receives full sun and has well-drained soil.

Step 2

Dig a hole that is twice the diameter and the same depth as the container that the brugmansia is growing in. Add 2 inches of organic compost to the planting hole.

Step 3

Gently squeeze the sides of the planting container until the root ball is loose enough to slide out. Use your fingers to loosen the roots and place the root ball into the hole. Replace the soil and tamp down firmly to remove any air pockets from around the roots.

Step 4

Water until the soil is thoroughly moistened, but not soggy. Add a 2-inch layer of mulch to help maintain dampness, as these plants do best when their soil remains moist.

Step 5

Water whenever the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. During very hot weather, it's best to water daily.

Step 6

Fertilize every two weeks with a 15-5-10 fertilizer mixed as directed on the package.

Step 7

Dig up the brugmansia plant in late fall if you live in Zone 8 or below. Replant in a container filled with potting soil and add just enough water to dampen the soil. Place the plant in a location that maintains temperatures of 40 to 45 degrees F and water sparingly when the top 3 inches of soil become dry. Transplant back outdoors in spring after all danger of frost has passed.

Tips and Warnings

  • Brugmansia is very poisonous to pets and humans.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Organic compost
  • Mulch
  • 15-5-10 fertilizer


  • Let's Go Gardening: Angel's Trumpet
  • Angel's Trumpets
  • Angel's Trumpets
  • University of Illinois Extension: Overwintering Tropical Plants
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Annita Lawson has been working as a freelance writer since 2004. Her work has been published in various web and print outlets, including The Dabbling Mum, A Virtuous Woman, and Pediatrics for Parents. Lawson is pursuing an Associate of Arts degree at Southeast Kentucky Community College. She enjoys sharing all that she has learned about parenting, healthy eating and living a frugal lifestyle.