Everything You Need To Know About Growing Angel’s Trumpet

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Angel’s Trumpets are fast-growing shrubs with unusual blooms.

Angel’s trumpets are evergreens that are native to South America and they are also known as Brugmansia.

The way the shrub grows makes it a great choice for underplanting this fast-growing shrub that can grow 2 to 3 feet per year.

PLANTING ANGEL’S TRUMPET

Andromedas are best planted in hardiness zone 7 through 12 in well-drained soil with the pH of the soil ranging between 5.5 through 7.0.

They are best spaced 3 to 4 feet apart for proper coverage.

They prefer full sun but they can also be planted in partial shade but they will produce fewer blooms.

If your angel’s trumpets are going to be sprouted from seed then it is suggested to use a cardboard seed starting container and start them 3 to 4 weeks before the last frost.

When planting them, it is best to make the hole twice the width of the root ball.

Using a hand trowel or garden knife break up the bottom of the root ball and place it in the hole.

Mix some compost in with the soil from the hole before filling it back in. This will give nutrients to the soil and help with water retention.

USES

Angel’s trumpets are often used as borders, walking paths, planted in mass, and potting containers.

FERTILIZING AND WATERING

Angel’s trumpets are heavy feeders needing a 15-30-15 or 10-50-10 to produce their blooms or you can use a homemade liquid fertilizer twice a month.

When applying fertilizer, it is best to apply it between the base of the plant to the tips of the branches. This area of the plant is known as the drip line.

They require about one inch of water per week unless it rains.

MULCHING

Adding mulch to your angel’s trumpets will help the soil retain water and will reduce the amount of time it takes to water them.

The thickness of the bed of mulch is best between 1 to 2 inches thick but the thickness may need to be reduced if you live in a rainy climate or if you are receiving more rain the usual.

The mulch will also help with weed control and will need to be added or replaced yearly when most of it has decomposed.

BLOOMS

Angle's Trumpet

Angle’s trumpets have large downward-facing trumpet-shaped blooms that appear between late spring and late summer that last until the first hard frost.

Their blooms are available in yellow, orange, red, pink, and white that are 4 to 24-inch long trumpet-like blooms depending on the variety.

The blooms fully open at night for about 4 days and they attract moths and are slightly open during the day attracting butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.

The trumpet-shaped blooms can be up to 24 inches long depending on the variety.

Angle’s trumpet blooms will change their color and size depending on the amount of sun, soil pH level, and stress they are receiving.

If you don’t want your angle’s trumpets to produce seed then remove the blooms when they are wilted.

PRUNING

Angle’s trumpets are best trimmed in the fall leaving about 6 – 10 above the “y” of the trunk.

If desired, the shrub can be pruned to only have one main trunk like a tree with the continual removal of new shoots at the base of the plant.

With the more common look of multiple trunks, pruning is only done to keep it from becoming too crowded allowing for proper airflow to prevent mold and mildew issues.

In the spring, if there is any dead or damaged growth then it should be removed.

Any stems that have wildly grown much higher than the rest of the plant which is known as leggy growth should also be removed.

PROPAGATING

Angel’s trumpets can be sprouted from seed and started indoors using cardboard seed starting containers two to three weeks before the last frost.

Another option is to use cuttings that should be removed in the spring and only new green growth should be used.

Before removing a cutting from a plant, make sure that there are at least three sets of leaves.

After removing the cutting dip the cut end into water then into root tone and plant the cutting in a container, garden, or landscaping.

After the cutting has been planted it is a good idea to sprinkle some root tone on the soil.

Another option is to use a piece of paper towel, place the cut end on the paper towel, and sprinkle some root tone on the cut end of the cutting.

Then fold the bottom of the paper towel to the top, and wrap the rest of the paper towel around the stem of the cutting.

After planting the cutting give it some water and time. If you see that the cutting is looking wilted then the cutting will not root and you will have to start over.

PESTS

Angel’s trumpets have many pests that feed on the plant which opens the shrub to plant viruses that affect nearby plants.

Therefore, dealing with the issue before the infestation reduces the amount of vegetation or kills the shrub.

DISEASES

Andromeda that are planted close together can develop mold and mildew issues during times of high humidity.

If this is the case then preventive measures may need to be taken.

To prevent this from happening, plant them far enough apart to allow for proper airflow.

VIRUSES

Plant viruses are caused by pests causing damage to a plant, therefore good pest management is a must.

  • Tobacco mosaic virus
  • Columbian datura virus
  • Tomato spotted wilt

OVERWINTERING

Angel’s trumpets are tropical shrubs that will not survive the winter in cold weather climates.

Therefore growing them in potting containers and bringing them inside will help them make it through the winter.

Some gardeners store them in a cool and dark place to allow them to go into dormancy and bring them out during early spring after the last frost.

If grown in warm winter climates, there is no need to worry about them losing their leaves and branches.

VARIETIES

There are seven different varieties of angel’s trumpets and several different hybrid varieties available.

SUAVEOLENS ANGEL’S TRUMPET

  • Shrub size – grows to 15 feet tall and 15 feet wide
  • Drought tolerant – yes
  • Blooming colors – white blooms with green veins that are about 13 inches long
  • Foliage – large lance-shaped green leaves with smooth edges
  • Deer resistant – yes
  • Also known as – Suaveolens Brugmansia

VERSICOLOR ANGLE’S TRUMPET

  • Shrub size – grows to 15 feet tall and 15 feet wide
  • Drought tolerant – yes
  • Blooming colors – they start off white and after a day or two they turn into a peach color that is about 10 inches long
  • Foliage – large lance-shaped green leaves with smooth edges
  • Deer resistant – yes
  • Also known as – Versicolor Brugmansia

ARBOREA ANGLE’S TRUMPET

Arborea angel’s trumpets are native to Ecuador, Peru, Northern Chile, and Bolivia that are found growing in the Andes mountains.

They are found growing in altitudes between 6,500 to 9,750 feet and they can withstand a light frost.

If they experience long periods of cold then the leaves and branches will be lost but the shrub will return the following spring with new shoots.

  • Shrub size – grows to 23 feet tall
  • Drought tolerant – yes
  • Blooming colors – white that is about 6 1/2 inches long and last between 4 to 6 days
  • Foliage – large lance-shaped green leaves with smooth edges
  • Deer resistant – yes
  • Also known as – Arborea Brugmansia

AUREA ANGLE’S TRUMPET

  • Shrub size – grows to 20 feet tall
  • Drought tolerant – yes
  • Blooming colors – yellow and red that are about 10 inches long
  • Foliage – large lance-shaped green leaves with smooth edges
  • Deer resistant – yes
  • Also known as – Aurea Brugmansia

SANGUINEA ANGLE’S TRUMPET

Sanguinea angle’s trumpets are a hardy shrub this is native from Colombia to Chile that is found growing on mountain slopes in the Andes mountains.

They are found growing in altitudes between 6,500 to 9,750 feet and they can withstand a light frost.

If they experience long periods of cold then the leaves and branches will be lost but the shrub will return the following spring with new shoots.

  • Shrub size – grows to 12 feet tall and 8 feet wide
  • Drought tolerant – yes
  • Blooming colors – orange blooms that are about 10 inches long
  • Foliage – large lance-shaped green leaves with smooth edges
  • Deer resistant – yes
  • Also known as – Sanguinea Brugmansia

VULCANICOLA ANGEL’S TRUMPET

Vulcanicola angel’s trumpets are native from Columbia to Ecuador and they are found growing in the Andes mountains.

They can be hard to grow in warm climates because they prefer to grow in high altitudes with cool climates.

  • Shrub size – grows to 14 feet tall and feet wide
  • Drought tolerant – yes
  • Blooming colors – salmon pink to orange-pink that is about 9 inches long and 1 inch wide with white pinstripes lasting for up to eight days
  • Foliage – large lance-shaped green leaves with smooth edges
  • Deer resistant – yes
  • Also known as – Vulcanicola Brugmansia

BETTY MARSHALL ANGEL’S TRUMPET

Betty Marshall angle’s trumpets are a hybrid variety.

  • Shrub size – grows to 15 feet tall and 15 feet wide
  • Drought tolerant – yes
  • Blooming colors – white blooms that are about 11 inches long and 7 inches wide, they appear in July and last until the first hard frost
  • Foliage – large lance-shaped green leaves with smooth edges
  • Deer resistant – yes
  • Also known as – Betty marshall Brugmansia

CHERUB ANGLE’S TRUMPET

Cherub angle’s trumpets are a hybrid variety.

  • Shrub size – grows to 7 feet tall and 5 feet wide
  • Drought tolerant – yes
  • Blooming colors – pink blooms that are about 6 inches long, they appear in late summer and last until the first hard frost
  • Foliage – large lance-shaped green leaves with smooth edges
  • Deer resistant – yes
  • Also known as – Cherub Brugmansia

FROSTY PINK ANGLE’S TRUMPET

Frosty pink angel’s trumpets are a hybrid variety.

  • Shrub size – grows to 8 feet tall and 5 feet wide
  • Drought tolerant – yes
  • Blooming colors – white blooms with pink edges that are about 10 inches long, they appear in mid-summer and last until the first hard frost
  • Foliage – large lance-shaped green leaves with smooth edges
  • Deer resistant – yes
  • Also known as – frosty pink Brugmansia

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