Purple Datura Angel Trumpets Seeds – 10 Seeds
Datura species are herbaceous, leafy annuals and short-lived perennials which can reach up to 2 m in height. The leaves are alternate, 10–20 cm long and 5–18 cm broad, with a lobed or toothed margin. The flowers are erect or spreading (not pendulous like those of Brugmansia), trumpet-shaped, 5–20 cm long and 4–12 cm broad at the mouth; colors vary from white to yellow, pink, and pale purple. The fruit is a spiny capsule 4–10 cm long and 2–6 cm broad, splitting open when ripe to release the numerous seeds. The seeds disperse freely over pastures, fields and even wasteland locations.
Datura belongs to the classic “witches’ weeds”, along with deadly nightshade, henbane, and mandrake. Most parts of the plants are toxic, and datura has a long history of use for causing delirious states and death. It was well known as an essential ingredient of potions and witches’ brews.
In India it has been referred to as “Poisonous” and as an aphrodisiac. In little measures it was used in Ayurveda as a medicine from the ancient times. It is used in rituals and prayers to Shiva. It is also used in Ganesh Chaturthi.
Datura is smaller and less woody with upright as opposed to drooping flowers. Trumpet flower has a bad rap due to a history that links it to such dangerous plants as nightshade and mandrake. Let’s set that aside and look at its attributes. Datura plants grow quickly and may get up to 4 feet tall. The blooms are fragrant and particularly so at night. Most flowers are white but they may also be yellow, purple, lavender and red. Stems are soft, but erect, and they have a grayish green tinge. Leaves are lobed and lightly furred. The flowers are the standout at several inches in width. The plant is generally an annual but self seeds vigorously and seedlings grow at a furious rate to adult plants in one season. This self-seeding behavior ensures Datura plant growing year after year.
Datura plants are ridiculously easy to grow from seed. They need full sun and rich fertile earth that drains well. Sow seeds directly outside into a prepared bed in fall in warmer climates and in early spring after all danger of frost has passed in cooler climates. You can grow trumpet flower inside or outside in a pot, or simply spread seed with a light coat of sand outside in a sunny location. The little plants will exceed your expectations with their speedy growth and low maintenance.
1. Prepare a potting mix.
2. Fill new or thoroughly cleaned pots or flats with seed starting mix.
3. Plant seeds 1” (2.5 cm) deep, one to a pot, or 6” ( 5.2 cm) apart in flats.
4. Enclose pots or flats in clear plastic bags or use a plastic flat cover.
5. Provide bottom heat by setting the planted pots or flats on a seed starting mat.
6. Keep the pots or flats in a sunny, warm room, heated to about 75ºF (23.8ºC).
7. Keep the seed starting medium moist at all times until seeds sprout.
8. Remove the plastic covers when the seeds sprout.
9. Allow the seed starting medium to dry out slightly before watering after the seedlings sprout.
10. Fertilize the seedlings with a houseplant fertilizer at half the strength recommended when the seedlings have one set of true leaves.
11. Transplant seedlings out of flats into pots when they have two sets of true leaves.