Mis Bruggie is back and she's bigger and better then ever!!! Getting ready for her biggest flush of blooms yet she has 35 buds and counting! Now that she's grown she'll be able to do more work and mix better drinks at The Flowerpot Cafe
Introducing Miss Bruggie, who was recently repotted into her new and attractive container!
Here is one of her friends (he was "discount"...but the other brugs don't need to know that) who likes to play with the Bishop's Children. He's a very shy bloomer but the size and beauty of the foliage makes up for it.
Here's one of her hybrid cousins who is getting ready to bloom for the first time. So far she's made about a dozen buds and I can't wait to see what see looks like! Once she blooms maybe we can all figure out a name for her!?! She's very tall and thin...a little crooked though at the bottom...
Along with the previous this is another hybrid cousin to Miss Bruggie. I *think* these two crosses are Brugmansia 'Rubirosa' X 'Peanut'. I got them mixed up as seedlings though so I'm not 100% on who they are...
She's very tall and skinny like her sister but no buds...
And heres 2 more cousins to Miss Bruggie, these two hybird brothers who I *think* are 'Perfect Harmony' X 'Peanut' are much stockier and bushier then their sisters. So far I like them better :) At least until their sister blooms...
#1 is to make sure you regularly pot them up when they become root bound. I have found that no pot is to big once they mature. When they become root bound their growth slows and they become stressed which seems to make them more appealing to pests. I've found that if I regularly spray my brugs with the hose(new growth, tops and bottoms of leaves) it helps to deter bugs and such. They also like it too!
#2 is to make sure you use a good lightweight potting soil like Miracle Grow soil. I try to feed mine full strength miracle grom every two weeks which seems to be enough. With other fertilizers you might need to be more frequent. Brugs are really heavy feeders and also GUZZLE water.
For me up here in Canada I put them in full sun, but depending on where you live they might like some shade during the hottest parts of the day.
As for bringing them in...cuttings are really easy or you can apparently overwinter them in a cool dark garage or cellar where it doesn't freeze. You can also cut woody branches with flowering growth and strip them of their leaves and put them in a bucket of wather with some peroxide in a cool dark place.
thats all I could think of for now...so I hope that helps!
If you start with a cutting you can grow it out in a smaller pot untill its root bound but after that it has to be moved up. I haven't been able to pot all mine up this year like I should and some of them look like thay have mites or something...*sigh*
And wind can be a problem...some of mine are in about 5 gallon pots and they blow over when it gets windy. One blew over yesterday and I didn't stand it up till today and it already started to grow sideways!
Verrrrrrrry nice! Well I have been giving thought to the brugs.. I have been planning next years veggie garden and our varanda and well, might just have a spot for one or two.. dont know yet. But can always find a spot if not there. I have some large nursery cans. Dont know if they woould be large enough. I think they are #1500's and wil have to look on that.
Do you have a picture of your nursery cans? The best size for a pot is something like a half whisky barrel. But it doesn't have to be that big to get good healthy plant. And it also depends on what variety you get. For example the cousins are making blooms at just 3 feet so they'd make a nice size for a patio, but Miss Bruggie didn't bllom till I think about 6 feet and she's gotten pretty huge. Next year I want to make her a focal point in the yard.
and here's a shot of Miss Bruggies Cousin. I HOPE this opens tonight but we might have to wait till tomorrow...its going to be double or triple! Check out how fat those blooms are! There's something inside!
hey, I have a few "cans" like that too! except I didn't know they were called cans! hahahaha. Something that size can hold a seedling or a cutting for a couple months but after that it would need to be moved up. I have one still growing in a pot like that that should have been moved up months ago and the growth is very slow and not very lush.
Thank you for the compliment! Here's a pic of most of the backyard. It all looks like a huge garden but aside from the bed in the front of the pic its just a bunch of pots and tubs in the back. You can see Miss Bruggie in the back right by the sliding door :)
Thank you Candee! I have to sadly annouce though that some of the 'cousins' have been lost over the winter. It's dissapointing but also a bit of a relief because I didn't know what to do with them all! But on the bright side, Miss Bruggie and the Pink one as well the varigated one are doing well!