How to Grow Datura From a Seed


Depending on the variety, datura plants are considered a landscaping beauty or a farmer's nightmare. A night-blooming species, the datura flower is trumpet shaped and while most often white in color, can be purple, red, lavender or yellow. Daturas are a good choice for a moon garden and require very little care. The varieties Datura stramonium and Datura innoxia can be lethal if consumed, and all varieties of datura are considered toxic.

Step 1

Fill seed flats or peat pots with a good quality potting soil. Water the soil in the flats or pots until it is moist to the touch.

Step 2

Spread datura seeds over the flat, leaving 1 to 2 inches between each seed. If using peat pots, place two seeds per pot.

Step 3

Cover the seeds with 1/8 inch of dry potting soil.

Step 4

Place the flats or pots in a warm, sunny location. Keep the soil moist to the touch until the seed germinates. This may take 14 to 30 days.

Step 5

Transplant the seedlings after they have reached 2 to 3 inches high and all danger of frost has passed in your area. Space the plants 4 to 6 feet apart. Daturas can easily spread this distance.

Things You'll Need

  • Seed flats or peat pots
  • Potting soil


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