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Datura

Datura metel. AKA the Devil's Trumpet, Horn of Plenty, Jimson Weed or the Thorn Apple, Datura is a tender perennial native to China, India and Southeast Asia. It is a large, vigorous plant with a woody stalk, vibrant blue-green foliage and erect, trumpet-shaped flowers that look like outstretched champagne flutes, followed by prickly egg-shaped seed pods. Start it as a transplant indoors 10 to 12 weeks before setting out at least 2 weeks after the last spring frost date. To assist germination, soak the seeds for 24 hours in lukewarm water. Deer resistant. Tender perennial. Hardiness zones: 9-10, grow as an annual. Summer flowering. Height: 24" to 30".

Average seed life: 3 to 4 years.

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Datura Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/8”-1/4”
Seed Spacing:3”-4”
Plant Spacing:36”
Days to Germination:21-42 days
Germination Temperature:65°-75°F

Datura metel. Start transplants indoors 10 to 12 weeks before setting out at least 2 weeks after the last frost date. To assist germination, soak the seeds for 24 hours in lukewarm water. Plant seeds in sterile starter mix. Cover with plastic wrap until sprouts emerge, then discard plastic. Pamper with 65°-75°F temperatures, good air circulation and even moisture. Once seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant them into larger, deeper pots for full root system development. Two weeks after all danger of frost has passed (minimum 55°F overnight), harden them off by gradually acclimating them to the outdoors over 7 to 10 days. Transplant out 36" apart to a well-draining, rich, moist garden bed in full to partial sunlight. Water regularly. Feed as needed with manure tea, kelp or fish emulsion. Poisonous, it should not be ingested. Summer flowering. Height: 24" to 30".