How to Care for a Devil's Trumpet


The Devils' Trumpet is an annual that blooms in colors including white, purple and yellow. The plant is native to China and every aspect, from the roots to the blooms, of the plant is poisonous to humans and animals. These potentially fatal properties prompt many to kill any Devil's Trumpet in their garden, although the plants are safe if cared for correctly. Growing these beautiful flowering shrubs is accomplished with the correct type of soil and sun exposure.

Things You'll Need

  • All-purpose fertilizer
  • Wooden stakes
  • Plant Devil's Trumpet seedlings approximately 2 feet apart in rich, drained soil that gets daily exposure to full sunlight. Giving the flowers this room will ensure that they are able to reach their full height, which will reach anywhere from 2 to 3 feet. Wait until one week after the last frost before planting this annual to ensure it survives.

  • Water the plants one to two times a week during times of drought or minimal rainfall. Check the soil and, if it is dry, water the plant and wait to water it again until the soil completely dries out. The plant does not require watering if there is rainfall every one to two weeks. Avoid over-watering the Devil's Trumpet as this will kill the plant.

  • Fertilize the Devil's Trumpet plants once a month with an all-purpose fertilizer. This will provide the plant with the necessary nutrients. Use the fertilizer according to the package directions.

  • Stake the Devil's Trumpet once it reaches approximately 2 feet in height. This will ensure that it is not knocked over by storms of strong winds.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear gardening gloves when handling Devil's Trumpet as contact could lead to skin irritation.
  • Plant the Devil's Trumpet with care if you have children or pets. The plants are highly toxic and may cause death if ingested by humans or animals.

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