I got some cuttings and put them in water for 3 days and then in good soil, and left them on the dry side. I have some that are putting out leaves now. Does that mean the roots are growing and I move them to the sun and water like the others? These are only about a week or so old, but some grew roots in that three days, and all the leaves are new.
I need someone to move in with me and answer my 24/7 questions. I cook really good ;)
tig, i would break them in, move them to more sun, then more sun a few days later. congrats on your babies, i am a semi-rooting failure. once they get in full sun, mine use water in a hurry. rain here for two days, so nice!
TIG, yes they do, and unfortunately i ruined some...don't know how i did this..., feel like i should be punished. but i am sure brug man knows his varieties, it seems some root as soon as you plant them. i think we hit a rainy season and i didn't protect some from too much water, so sad.
Arlene, don't worry be happy, I have killed more Brugmansia than I can shake a stick at, each plant, hybrid,etc is different. Some root in water, some just rot in water, still others will root in almost frozen water, if you don't know keep it as dry as you can and only water enough to keep it from wilting and provide a well draining well aerated soil. Some root super fast, still others take months is seems. Tons depends on the soil as well. If you get scared don't worry, kill a few and learn what works best for that particular hybrid. As a side note Arlene, I plan on killing a few very nice white versicolor hybrids in my yard as I can't stand white unless its a 2/3 aurea hybrid or extremely fragrant. These white versicolors are very well shaped-long cylindrical full body, tendrils that curl out 2 or more inches, etc. In short, they would look better if crossed with an aurea. Sorry, I only like the versicolors if they are in color. The old Peach Versicolor is one of my favorite and its not the best in shape. The white versicolors I have are much better as far as shape goes. And so I do continue to ramble. Personally, I prefer any hybrid more after its crossed to an aurea, but some of those other traits are so appeasing to me as well, of course I just want them on a more aurea looking flower...
I am going to stop rambling, I swear, off I go...
Brugmansia, i have a couple of good trading friends here, we can mount a rescue mission if you like, save you some roundup, let me know...
Brugmansia, love to read your posts, your "rambling" is a good thing. I haven't seen that many flowers yet, don't really know what i like best, but i have sure learned things to look for from you. i like those ruffly green leaves, are they from versicolor?
tig, isn't it painful to think of brugs with roundup on them? CAn't imagine having that many brugs.
Well, I am sure you must know that my favorite Brugmansia species of all is the aurea. My favorite aurea of course is the Culebra. Well, my children have knocked another limb off of my Culebra so it looks like I am going to be rooting 15 or so of them. Just got done pulling the long thin snake like leaves off of them to start this next batch rooting. Ahh, and the Culebra I thought I killed from the last batch, it is sprouting new leaves from beneath the soil. Must of just barely took. For those of you who have never seen a Culebra you should check out a picture of one. It is far more impressive than the shredded white, double orange, etc, but then that is just my oppinion. The Culebra was so strange that it was actually classified into its very own Genus for a time--Methysticodenron amnesium. It has also been thought to have been a highly atrophied clone, sport, or perhaps a variable produced by generations on breeding by a medicine man in the Sibundoy valley where it was found. Leaves are 8-11 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. The white flowers can get up to 11 inches long, highly fragrant, has a split up its corolla going most of its length and is deeply incised as well. The Calyx of this flower covers a good 3/5 of its length as well. Culebra Borrachero is Cultivated by the Ingana and Kamsa Indians in the Sibundoy valley and is used medicinally and for religious ceremonies, this specimen is trully remarkable and like no other. Held to be one of the most sacred if not most sacred Brugmansia. B. aurea species are implored primarily for the relief of rheumatism.
As for rooting them. I have only watered the last batch once since I planted them a week or so ago. Watering is contingent on soil type and how long you leave those leaves. I try to remove as many of the leaves as I can possibly bring myself to tear off. The more leaves you tear off the better the chances of a hard to root Brugmansia or a green cutting will root. The less leaves on has the slower the Brugmansia is to take off rooting. Its a balance. If you have plenty of well draining soil and the soil dries out in a few hours watering twice a day is not uncommon for cuttings.
Arlene, it is slow growing at first, the slowest I had, but thats because it likes to bush out at every node and is very difficult to root. This is the hardest Brugmansia I have contended with as a cutting. Hard=different which means it doesn't respond as easily as I would like for it to respond. Once it starts to root though it takes about 2 months for it to start shooting up fast and then it sends out shoots from the ground and each branch as fast as can be. This Brugmansia grows faster than the Ecuador pink, slower than the Double orange. At least at first. This is my first time taking green cuttings and rooting them of the Culebra, but green cuttings generally grow almosts as fast as seedlings if you can root them so heres to a bunch of fast growing Culebra. The Culebra has been killed from cuttings and rooted plants by a number of skilled Brugmansia growers I know in the states. Don't try this one close to winter time unless you have a heated greenhouse. Best to start in spring outside and get it fully rooted before fall comes so it has a firm base to come back from. The Culebra is a very dense bushy Brugmansia that can grow over 25ft tall if you let it. Of course you can keep it trimmed back as to a small 1 or 2 gallon pot.