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A complete guide to growing angle trumpets

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The angel trumpet is a tropical-subtropical plant that is a native of South and Central America, These garden beauties can reach a height anywhere from 6-12 ft. What I find so amazing about the angel trumpets are the flowers which it produces.

These flowers can get the attention I believe of just about anyone, the flower which is produced seems to be upside down in the form of a bugle. What also is unique about the flowers is the fragrance which it produces.

It was many years ago when I first got introduce to this plant where I was employed. Taking a look at these plants for the first time really impressed me. If you are interested in the growth and the care of the angel trumpets then let’s discuss how this is done.

Planting Location

Angel trumpets perform well in the full sun but will also benefit from an area which gets that afternoon shade. In colder regions, it will perform best when exposed to the sun.

Soil Type

The angel trumpet will tolerate alkaline soils but perform best in soils which are acidic.

Watering Methods

This garden beauty prefers a soil that is moist, however, monitor the amount of water because overwatering can lead to root rot.

Fertilizing Methods

To keep your angle trumpet growing healthy and vibrant with beautiful flowers the use of a fertilizer which promotes flower bloom such as 15-30-15 will work wonders. Fertilizing with a water-soluble or quick release fertilizer is a good choice.

Garden insect pests of the angel trumpets

Garden insect pests of the angel trumpet is a real menace, though these insects are small they can cause huge damage. These garden insects pests include.

  • Whiteflies
  • Thrips
  • Mealybugs
  • Slugs and Snails

Whiteflies

Whiteflies are tiny white-winged insects that feed by sucking the plant’s fluids which can lead to yellowing of the leaves followed by leaf drop. To identify whiteflies gently shake or tap the tree, if a bunch of white insects dislodges from the tree and then quickly re-attaches they are whiteflies. The use of insecticidal soaps will bring these garden insect pests under control.

Thrips

Thrips can also cause server damage, I have had many challenging experiences with them. The adult thrips are tiny and slender, with colors of black, brown or yellow. The babies resemble the parents and are yellow to light green.

The damage of thrips includes white patches on the plants leaves along with streaks and slivery speckling this damage is caused by the fluids being extracted from the plant by these garden insect pests. A serious infestation may also cause leaf drop, the use of insecticidal soap will offer some home.

Mealybugs

Mealybugs are tiny insects which can be identified as having a white cottony or fluffy mask, mealybugs suck the plant’s fluids causing yellowing of the leaves and leaf drop. The use of insecticidal soap will offer some help.

Slugs and Snails

Slugs and Snails cause damage by eating plant parts which can have your angel trumpet plant looking far from healthy looking. To bring these pests under control the use of snail bait or hand picking and placing them in a bucket of soapy water will eliminate them.

Plant disease of the angel trumpets

Keep an eye for these diseases.

  • Tomato spot wilt
  • Tobacco mosaic virus

Angel trumpets which are infected by this disease has stunted growth and blotches. There is no cure

Ideas on where to install them

Angel Trumpet

Here are just a few places to install the angel trumpets.

1. These garden beauties can be grown as a specimen plant.

2. Install them in containers and the containers can be placed on your patio or porch.

3. Plant them on either side at the entrance of your front door giving sufficient space for plants to grow.

4. What about installing alongside a fenced area?

5. Grow them alongside a wall.

6. Use them as a backdrop in a garden bed.

7. They go great as a garden centerpiece.

Container grown angel trumpets

Container grown angel trumpet is a great way to garden when growing plants using this method, the container should be large enough so your trumpet plant can sit comfortably. As stated earlier these plants can get up to 6-12 ft and somewhat taller which means thought should be considered as to the container size. The container should also have drain holes to allow excess water to find a way of escape.

The use of a good potting soil that is well drained is ideal, adding organic matter will help in conditioning the soil. Water your angel trumpet thoroughly and then allow the soil to dry out between watering, however, the soil should be moist and, not waterlogged. Water and fertilize as stated earlier and keep an eye out for disease and garden insect pests. The container should also be placed in an area that gets full to partial sunlight.

Pruning procedures

Pruning will cause your trumpet plant to become fuller with more flower production. When pruning your trumpet plant make the cut at the lateral branches joint. Remove parts of the older growth to encourage new growth. If you remove the main leader it will encourage your angel trumpet to take on the form of a tree losing its natural growth pattern which is a shrub.

The final word

The angel trumpet is a must have, I have seen them in many garden and landscape designs. These garden beauties are a show stopper and is worth the effort, if you are looking for a garden plant which is unique then the angel trumpet is a plant that I know you will be happy to have as a part of your landscape and garden design so go for it as the angel trumpet goes to work for you.

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