How to Plant Brugmansia


Brugmansia is also known as Angel's Trumpet flower because of it's trumpet-shaped flowers. The flowers bloom from June into fall and can get up to a foot long. This warm-weather loving shrub can get up to 20 feet tall and grows best in zones 9 and warmer. For those areas with cooler winters, it is best to grow brugmansia in containers that can be moved inside during cold weather.

Step 1

Choose a spot that receives full sun during the day. In warm to hot climates, a location with some afternoon shade is important.

Step 2

Amend the soil so that it drains well. Add a potting mixture with perlite, vermiculite and peat, or till compost into the soil. Remove any grass or weeds from the soil before planting.

Step 3

Dig a hole about twice the size of the root ball. Remove the plant from the container and place it in the hole. The top of the root ball should be level with the ground. Fill in the hole with the soil and tamp down lightly.

Step 4

Water the plant well after planting. Brugmansia need lots of water, but do not let the soil get saturated. Too much water can result in root rot. Water only when the soil is dry to the touch.

Step 5

Fertilize only during the active growing season. Do not fertilize in the winter. Use a water soluble fertilizer and apply twice a week when watering. This allows the fertilizer to work to the roots more quickly.

Step 6

Prune this quick-growing shrub throughout the growing period to keep it shaped. Deadhead spent flowers to allow for more blooms.

Things You'll Need

  • Perlite, vermiculite and peat potting material
  • Water-soluble fertilizer


  • Brugmansia Growers International
  • Pacific Speciality Plants
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About this Author

Amy Madtson resides in southern Oregon and has been writing instructional articles online since 2008, focusing on health and gardening for various websites. Madtson has an Associate of Arts in business from Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington. She holds a childbirth educator certification and a one-year midwifery completion certificate.