How to Grow Datura Stramonium


Datura Stramonium is a toxic plant known by many different names. The most common name is jimson weed, which is attributed to the Jamestown Colony, and the ingestion of the plant may have led to their deaths. Other names include Devils Trumpet and Moonflower. While grown by some as an ornamental in flower gardens, Datura Stramonium is considered a noxious weed by farmers and many local government agencies.

Step 1

Soak stratified Datura Stramonium seeds overnight in warm water.

Step 2

Fill a 6-inch growing pot with any potting soil.

Step 3

Soak the potting soil and pot until water drains from the bottom of the pot.

Step 4

Press three to four jimson weed seeds no more than 1/8 inch into the moist soil. Leave the seeds uncovered.

Step 5

Cover the pot with a single layer of plastic wrap until the seedlings emerge from the soil.

Step 6

Keep the soil moist until the plants reach 3 to 4 inches high.

Step 7

Transplant the seedlings to the desired place in the garden.

Things You'll Need

  • Stratified Datura Stramonium seeds
  • 6-inch growing pot
  • Potting soil
  • Plastic wrap


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