Datura, sometimes called trumpet flower, is an attractive tropical plant with large white blooms and blue-tinged foliage. The blooms are incredibly fragrant and close when exposed to bright sunlight, making datura an ideal choice for night gardens. The plant grows from 3 to 6 feet tall, depending upon the variety. Datura cultivation is not complicated, as this plant will thrive with little fuss as long as its basic growing conditions are met. In very warm regions datura is grown as a perennial, but in most locations it must be planted as an annual.
Fill peat pots three-fourths of the way with potting soil. Plant the datura seeds and cover them with 1/4 inch of soil. Water until the potting soil feels moist, but not soggy and move the pots to a bright location that maintains a temperature of around 70 degrees F.
Water the seeds anytime the soil feels dry to the touch. The seeds will germinate in three to six weeks. The seedlings are ready to transplant to the garden when they have their first set of true leaves and all danger of frost has passed for your region.
Prepare the planting location by removing all weeds, grass and large rocks. Plant the datura, along with the peat pot, to avoid disturbing the roots. Water until the soil feels very moist, but not waterlogged.
Continue to water the datura plants anytime the soil feels dry. Fertilize once every two or three weeks with 15-5-10 fertilizer.
Pull weeds from around the plants regularly.