My dat seedlings all have true leaves on them now .. time to transplant!
Time to transplant into individual pots!
Whew! I've been at it since noon! transplanting not only datura seedlings but other plants as well. I'm whooped!
I'll give these transplanted dats a shot of food in about a week. That should be enough time for the roots to settle in. They should be ready for their permanent home by the middle of May.
They are Gordon's double whites with the yellow picotee edge. They are F-2 so anything goes with this batch. I hope a few look like the parent plant. I am planning to put them out front for this years neighborhood datura show. Some others are ones I'm growing to get fresh seeds.
I have a question. What is the main difference between the double purple and white Dature metel and the Black Currant Swirl? They look so similar on pictures.
I have the Metel and this year, for the first time, I am trying to grow some double (triple?) yellow one from seed someone sent me. I hope I get some seedlings. I soaked the seeds overnight and could actually see tiny little germination "thingie" the next morning. Keeping my fingers crossed.
They look the same to me too.
I don't think there is a true black currant swirl anymore because they do not seem to breed true from seed. The picture on the bottom shows the different types of blooms I got from a batch of seeds called black currant swirl. The picture on the top is the best example of the original black currant swirl. It also came from the same batch of seeds.
X, do you have any full view photos of any of your datura plants? I have some seedlings that I want to plant now. Just trying to figure out what a mature datura's height and width is to know where to plant it. I have datura metel.
Cordeledawg I always plant my dats in large containers. I do that so I can use sevin dust on them with a clear conscience. Sevin is the best insecticide I've seen so far for dats which start to look pretty ratty only after a few weeks in the ground. Insects seem to love them. You should not use Sevin on plants in the ground because it is very earthworm unfriendly. They can get to 8+ feet tall in the containers. I usually plant 4 plants per container.
Rather than use up all of my expensive ProMixBX filling a container, I fill them 3/4 of the way up with partially composted grass clippings then put the ProMixBx in. They turn into monsters!
Anne, that helps me so much! I'll do the same. Thank you Thank you! I actually have BTS host plants in the same bed and would surely want to keep sevin away. I'll pot them up in a self watering pot and just sit it in the bed. Taking it out to doctor it when needed.
Gitagal, I didn't realize they grew that fast. Wow!
Deborah - Here is a must see PlantFile picture in regard to size http://davesgarden.com/pf/showimage/5889/ and it also depends upon which variety you are growing. The white one (Hindu Datura, Indian Apple, Jimson Weed, Sacred Datura, Thorn Apple
Datura inoxia) in the picture grows biggest for me. Also they grow bigger in the ground than in a pot.
Link to this Datura - http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/355/index.html