How to Make an Angel Trumpet Plant Bloom


A short South American tree, angel's trumpet (Brugmansia) prefers year-round warm weather. In most of the United States, it survives when you cultivate it as a potted plant that goes indoors for the winter. This tree grows about 10 feet tall and produces fragrant 1-foot-long blooms in the shape of trumpets. The flowers droop and the flared mouths of the trumpets point toward the ground. Under proper conditions, the blossoms keep coming summer through fall.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Water-soluble balanced fertilizer
  • Raise angel's trumpet tree in full morning sun and afternoon shade. Even if you live in southern Florida, keep it as a potted plant to make it easy to move it in and out of sunlight.

  • Water angel's trumpet to the root zone whenever the soil surface begins to dry. Although the tree survives drought, it loses its flower buds when regular moisture is interrupted.

  • Apply a balanced fertilizer with equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Buy a water-soluble type and feed it to the angel's trumpet tree every other week. Follow the application rates indicated on the label of the product you select.

  • Grow angel's trumpet in temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent the plant from shutting production down. Plant it in a pot so you can take it inside in cool weather. Place it by a sunny window.

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