Brugmansia growth rate
Just a beginner (today in fact) but I have been given a cutting of Brugmansia and was about to plant it when I read the note on their vigorous (invasive?) root system and the "herculean" effort needed to remove a Brugmansia trunk. We are in Brisbane, so - can anyone advise how quickly a Brugmansia will grow and whether it would threaten existing screens of Chamaedorea Seifrizzi (Bamboo palms)? The Brunfelisa would be located in a corner with the palms extending some 6 metres each side. I was looking for something colourful to "lift" this corner of the garden, but not right out of the ground, if you see what I mean!!
Hi Lloyd, We have a one and there are a few in the area I pass every day when walking the hound. I planted mine from a cutting about 2.5 years ago and is now about 1.5 metres high by 1 metre across. Seems to co exist with the spider lilies and Agapanthus ok. Always flowers every other month. It is in a raised bed due to heavy clay, but I have seen no roots popping out of the ground. I must say though, the trunk is getting quite robust, but this is to be expected when you see it holding up the very large trumpet flowers.
Geoff - apologies for the lack of acknowledgement. Sad to say, I have allowed the cutting to pass to the compost heap! Will need to find another and hope to avoid offending my donor as well as you! LL
I have grown my Brugmansia in very large plastic pots to control their eventual size and it seems to have worked well. I believe they can be removed and root pruned and am about to try this theory out this winter. They do drink a considerable amount of water grown this way and require daily watering (in Brisbane). I went on holiday for three weeks in early January so I just pruned them back very hard leaving them with no leaves and when I got back they were in leaf and ready to bloom again after each rain like nothing had been done to them.