I, too, am growing Datura from seed for the first time this year. I have no experience with Datura at all.
I sowed the seeds in some garden beds. I have noticed that they have germinated and have sprouted their first set of leaves. Been that way for a couple weeks now. How long does it take before more leaves appear? And do they normally grow pretty fast? I am in a warm zone. Do they bloom the first year?
I had 3 Datura plants that I grew from seed. All bloomed the first year and all were at least 4 ft high or larger. The purple did the best.
This year I bought those little dehydrated disc that you add water to and they pop up like a tiny web pot. I used about twice as much water as the directions tell ya to. I put them in the mini greenhouse (bascially a clear plastic lid over a box). I put about 6 seeds per pot and placed them under florescent lights about 6 inchs from the top of the container.
The purple sprouted in about a week, the yellow and white took about 10 days to sprout.
The datura scent is wonderful, I'm going to plant them with my canna this year. Purple and Red should look pretty.
By the end of the summer, my purple one was about 3 ft wide and taller than 4 ft. I planted it out in front of the house and people would stop and stare at it. The bugs pretty well left it alone after one treatment with "Seven" bug stuff.
The bugs loved my Brugmansia and I had to treat them often. The Datura bloomed all season for me. The Brugs didn't take off till near the end of summer. Won't be doing as many Brugs this year.
Hope this helps ya a bit. This is a picture of the purple one from last year.
Thanks for the info on Seven. I know it comes in a "sprinkle" container. I don't use it that way, though. I put into a pan and use a paint brush and sort of paint it onto the leaves very sparingly - goes a long way. I didn't know that it's not worm friendly. Thanks
I have some black currant swirl that X sent me. I planted 2 of them about 3 weeks ago. One came up quickly, I'm still waiting for the second. I've since planted 3 more. I put everything in my kitchen window. It gets some good morninig sun. That is when we see the sun around here. lol
Rather than trying to keep the original plant thru the winter, why don't you take some cuttings and root them around August to winter over. What ever you decide to do, don't let the plants you want to keep set seeds. It diminishes the quality and health of the plant considerably.
I tried to keep two of my large plants over the winter. Both died. One I kept in the garage, thinking it might go dormant - nope, it died. The other I kept in my heated basement by the walkout door for sunlight. Didn't make it either and that one I babied.
Luckily, they gave me plenty of seeds. I have 4 that are already about 2.5 ft tall (already forming buds) and a bunch of babies growing. I just loved these last year.
See . . . my problem is mine are only 3 inches tall - so I am not sure they will have time to set seeds . . . and they are the black currant swirl . . . so I will do as X says and take cuttings from at least one of them :-)
Hang in there, these seeds are unpredictable. I tried babying them, and they wouldn't sprout. I found them sprouting like mad out in the open garden this spring. And transplanted them into pot where I wanted them since they're fussy being in the garden and being pesterized by slugs/snail and others.