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That's what they call moonflower? I am confused...not unusual...but, which is it? Next year I want to try the moonflower, and some dats that are the single white. I have some this year but not doing really well with the number of flowers at one time. My MIL's is huge but I have no idea how many plants is there.
O.K. Guys here is the picture with me in front, I guess the plant is probably 6 or 7 feet tall and as wide.
I did not feed it anything special, just gave it some compost and mulch in the Spring, and watered it twice a week to keep it from dieyng in this heat. This plant is growin in a flower bed at our church that we are taking care of.
The area it is in, is meant to be a meditation garden, and I think God is inviting people to come and meditate, while they admire the beauty of His creation.
Hi, I have a question about the seeds... this is my first year gardening so I have no experience. I have to confess that I was not ready for the datura... a friend gave me the plant (no more than 12 inches) I planted and I let it go... suddelly it started to really grow... the day I had the first flower I started screaming... I took a picture at 4 pm... by 6pm I came back and started screaming... the flower was open... since then I visit every day, take pictures every day,,, my friend told me to just keep one seed pod going because is more than 100 seeds... now how do I know when is done so I can save the seeds??
thanks Sheila, I had no idea... I am in love with this plant... unfortunatly I will have to plant again next year, according to the person that gave me... but I am going to try all I can to save as many seeds as I can...
this is my plant... right in front of my house,,, I open the door and is the first thing I see!!!
I had a couple of Datura wrghtii that came up from the same root system the second year. Unfortunately, I tried to move them somewhere else since they were too big for the area I had them in. They didn't take well to the move. But I had lots of seed from the previous year.
Oh, and if your plant should drop blooms and not form seed pods; try cross pollenating with your fingers. I had to do that the first year I had them. For some reason the bees and butterflies didn't come. As soon as I did that I started getting seed pods, right before the hornworms ate the leaves. LOL!
well, at least it keeps me out of trouble... my gardening experience has been very fun... and in a way it helps me keep things in perspective... there is a time for everything and I needed to slow down a little!
look at what I found under my porch ( where all my 12 miniature roses are) this is another gift... right there with the datura!!!
they are robins... I did scare the mom... but she comes back ... I can see her from my bathroom window... today I only saw one baby in the nest... He scared me... with his long neck and he opened his eyes!!!
Hello Everyone: As a newbie to gardening I am interested in just about anything green. I enjoy reading all the different forums and the personalitys that go along with them. I am interested in Datura for their fragrance. The fact that they are poisonuous causes a concern but, I am prepared to deal with handling the plants carefully. The question I have is in their eventual size. I am trying to place them in the right spot in an island bed in my front yard. The bed is about fifteen by six foot in the shape of a pear. Some of the pictures I've seen and the comments have lead me to blieve that I may not be able to get one to fit. I already have a beauty berry, some dwarf nandina, a hibiscus, some ornamental grass and a eight foot ornamental pear in the bed. Will want to grow some roses to. I live in zone 7 in Chesapeake Va. and lately we have had some really warm winters. It is forty degrees right now Jan 1 at 9:42 pm. I purchased some datura metaloid ballerina mix from Parks seed. Could I direct sow, would a plant overwinter here? Or should I start them in a small pot early? Are there any cultivars that may make it and smell nice? Sorry for the long post but, as I said I am so new. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
PS The bed is located southwest in relation to the house and, the summer sun usually shines on it from around ten ,till at least six in the afternoon.
That would be a very good location for the Datura. I would plant in a pot inside, or when the weather warms up outside in the Spring, they love the heat. Don't worry about the size of the plant you can stake and prune to whatever shape you like, I had one staked this year and it did very well.
Of course you won't have as many blooms that way, but that is o.k. As fro them being poisonous that is only when you ingest them.
Good luck with your Daturas.