My Brugmansia is now about seven months old and has been growing really well. It was stalled after it's cross country adventure, but growth picked up and I had to repot a few days ago. The roots had nearly completely filled the old pot! I could even see little roots appearing across the surface. Seeing as I want a giant plant I through it in the biggest pot I could find.
I also did a little trimming. Most of the time Brugmansia are trained into a standard form with a long, thin trunk leading to a horizontal canopy. This apparently is the best way to display the large bell-like flowers. To be perfectly honest I hate this form. The plant has no trouble displaying it's beautifulness in nature with multiple branches. I've decided I'll train it into a dense bush.
I started by lopping the top off. This will help encourage side-shoot growth. I also noticed that the lower shoots have been dying off. I removed the mature leaves on the side of the plant facing south (the sun) so these little shoots could get full sun. I'm hoping the combination of these two will result in a nice bushy plant. Once the south-side shoots have matured, I'll remove the rest of the large leave so they can get as much sun as possible.
Has anyone tried anything like this before? Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I've also noticed something seems to be eating the leaves. I'm thinking it's the giant BC slugs. Any tips on keeping these at bay? Happy Friday!