What is wrong with my brug? It's all wilting like it needs water, but it gets water every day. It started on one side, and now it's both sides... This has been in the last few days, this time last week it was healthy looking and lush. I was expecting it to start getting blooms. :( It's about 5 years old.
Hi pretty lady how long has that brug been in that pot? wondering if it is root bound? The other thing that comes to mind could it be because the salts from the fertilizer you use have built up to the point the brug is unhappy. When I grew them I had several and found I needed to run the hose once in a while for a good while to keep them happy.
Sorry I can't give you a solid answer some one will be along that will know. I just wanted to say hi. Ernie
Hi Ernie, thanks. It's been in the pot for 3 years. Was in the ground before that. It's got good drainage... I'm thinking about pulling it out of the pot... at this point, I don't think I have anything to lose.
"Brugmansia is a genus of seven species of flowering plants in the family Solanaceae, native to subtropical regions of South America, along the Andes from Colombia to northern Chile, and also in southeastern Brazil. They are known as Angel's Trumpets, sharing that name with the closely related genus Datura. Brugmansia are long-lived, woody trees or bushes, with pendulous, not erect, flowers, that have no spines on their fruit. Datura species are herbaceous bushes with erect (not pendulous) flowers, and most have spines on their fruit."
"Brugmansia are large shrubs or small trees, reaching heights of 3–11 m, with tan, slightly rough bark.
The leaves are alternate, generally large, 10–30 cm long and 4–18 cm broad, with an entire or coarsely toothed margin, and are covered with fine hairs.
The name Angel's Trumpet refers to the large, very dramatic, pendulous trumpet-shaped flowers, 14–50 cm to 20 inches long and 10–35 cm across at the wide end. They are white, yellow, pink, orange or red, and have a delicate, attractive scent with light, lemony overtones, most noticeable in early evening. Flowers may be single or double."
You may have a fungal related problem. Check your trunk right at the soil level or slightly below to see if your trunk is starting to rot. If your plant has been girdled because of a fungal attack it will not be able to transport water and nutrients to the rest of the plant.
I just had this happen to a couple of my plants. If you catch it early enough you can cut off the good portion of the plant and root it.
You can also have fungal root rot where the trunk is OK but the roots have rotted. You can usually still save your plant if this is the problem.
Fred, I'm afraid you might be right... the trunk didn't seem right at the base... the roots were fine though. I guess if it still dies I'll know. Where the trunk didn't seem right, I can't cut it out, it's right in the center of what was originally a Y
I took some cuttings from it. I will just be sad not to have any blooms this year.
Sorry to hear it is a fungus problem. Make sure you act quickly and cut the good wood several inches above the rotting area. I would soak the cuttings in a fungicide for a few minutes before rooting. I use the commercial fungicide Banrot, but a common fungicide like Captan, available at Lowes, will also work.
If you want to increase your chances of saving the cuttings, I would root them in long-fibered sphagnum moss. I use the moss instead of a potting mix for hard to root cuttings and cuttings under stress. There is less of a chance of the cuttings rotting in moss than in soil.
Make sure you dispose of the original pot with the infected plant, and always sanitize your knife/cutters afterwards.
My Mobisu plant was just hit with rot and I chopped it up in hopes of saving it. I potted the larger cuttings in moss and the smaller cuttings in soil. It has been a week and so far the cuttings are all alive. Mobisu is not an easy plant to root so the odds are stacked against me. If all the cuttings make it, the good news is that I will have about 100 Mobisu plants to make available to growers next year.
My Brug has very injured leaves that look like Swiss cheese. A nice size flower pod got eaten Thursday night, too. I have checked and checked and do not find any worms or bugs. HELP! What can I do? Is there a safe bug spray that I can get and use before all the other little flower pods get eaten??
Go out at night and I'm sure you will find the cause of your damage. There is a type if cutworm that lives just below the soil surface that typically comes out at night to feed. Other night feeders include slugs and snails. It is usually easy to identify it was a snail or slug because they typically leave a slime trail.