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Turquoise Puya

 

Brugmansia vulcanicola

 

Your seeds should be planted when received for best results.

 

Getting started --  Soak your seeds in a cup of water for 12-18 hours (not more than 36 hours).

 Use containers at least 3 inches (8 cm) tall with drainage holes.  Fill with a well-draining medium, such as 2 parts sterilized potting soil to 1 part perlite.  An alternate mix is equal parts of coir fiber and perlite, with some slow-release fertilizer mixed in.

 Place a seed in each pot and cover with 1/2 inch (13 mm) of soil.  Water the soil until it is evenly moist (but not saturated).

 The best temperature for germination is between 66 to 77 F (19-25).  Nights cooler than this are ok.  Avoid temperatures above 80 F (27C).  I recommend placing a minimum/maximum thermometer near the pots, especially if using a heating mat.

 Until they sprout, keep the soil surface moist.  Keep the pots in an area with some air circulation, to prevent stem rot later on. 

 Most of the seeds should start sprouting within 2-4 weeks, but some may take up to 2 months.  Once they sprout, give them bright light, but shade them from strong afternoon sun. 

 Occasionally a seedling may not shed its seed coat after it emerges from the soil.  If the seed coat still doesn't fall off by itself after 2 days, try to gently pry it apart with your fingernails, tweezers, etc.

Growing onward..

Watering --  Aim to keep the soil evenly moist most of the time.  Don't let the soil dry out completely, but also avoid keeping it water-logged. 

Fertilizing -- Like other Brugmansias, this one likes regular feeding.  Feed about every 2 months with a general-purpose fertilizer.  Reduce the feedings if your plant goes through a period of slow growth, like during hot or cold temperatures.

 It's normal for an older leaf to occasionally turn yellow and drop, but if it seems excessive, the soil may be too dry down in the root zone.  If you are certain the soil is moist, the plant may need more nitrogen fertilizer.  If the new growth turns yellow with green veins, the pH of your soil or water is probably too high (alkaline).  Try using a citrus fertilizer if this occurs.

Transplanting - When your seedlings are about 6-8 weeks old, repot to containers about 1 quart (1 liter) in size, and then on to 1-2 gallons (4-8 liters) a few months later.

 Water the soil before repotting, to keep the soil ball from breaking apart, which can damage the roots.  For the first week after repotting, give shade and no fertilizer.

 Wait until your plants are 15 inches (35 cm) tall before planting them in the ground (in suitable climates).  If you plan to keep them in containers indefinitely, the final size of the pot will depend on how large you let your plant grow.  A full-size tree may need a very large pot!  You may prune your plants to any size that is convenient.

Lighting -- Bright, filtered light or morning sun is best.  Protect the plants from strong afternoon sun, especially in warm climates.  They can take full sun in cool climates like coastal California, but they will need more fertilizer and water.

Climate -- This Brugmansia is happiest with temperatures below the low 80s (28C), and nights that are cool (below 65F / 18C).  It might not thrive in consistently hot conditions, particularly if nights are warm.  It can probably survive a few degrees of frost, but i recommend protecting it from freezing temperatures.

Over about 40% humidity is best.  Indoors, if the humidity drops below this, consider using an ultrasonic room humidifier, which are sold at home improvement stores and thrift shops.

If you have any questions or problems, feel free to contact me.

Have fun growing them!

- Jeff

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