When I was younger my mother had flowers she called moon lily's, I believe
these were devils trumpet, they bloomed only once per night and had a great
delicate smell, I have some seeds that have been kept in a freezer for a
couple of years, will these seeds still be good for producing a plant.
Take a few and put them in a damp -- damp, not wet -- paper towel, put
them in a zip lock bag and see what sprouts. (You might want to open the
bag occasionally to make sure nothing goes moldy.) The usual number for
doing this is ten if you have that many to spare. Count the sprouted
ones (say, six out of ten) and you will know you have a 60% viability on
You are talking about Brugmansia. I have many varieties and I collect
them. I also have tons of seeds, but they require a very special
environment to germinate. The wet paper towel test doesn't work with
these large seeds. Tell me, how large are your seeds and I will tell
what you have. Brug seeds are large and have no uniform shape. They,
need light to germinate.
I am trying to root cuttings now. I just put my Brugs out last week
and pruned them hard. I won't know the color of the plants till they
bloom, but I would be willing to send you a plant once they get some
roots on them.
Moonflower is a vining plant like morning glory, but white and much
larger. They have a scent.
Datura has small to large flowers and they face upward, thus they are
called angel trumpets. I have many seeds of Datura wrightii.
************* ooops , The Datura are Devils Trumpets because they face
upward from he**.
Brugmansia are Angels Trumpets as most of them face downwardly as if
from Angels above.
Brug seeds will germinate with proper temps, moisture, air and light.
Paper toweling(damp) in a baggy placed in a bright, warm spot but not
in direct sun should do the trick unless you have empty seeds. Or
plant in sterile damp potting mix, just press slightly into the soil ,
cover container tightly with clear plastic , this is the way I grow
mine . Method was taught to me by Monika in Germany. You could soak
the seeds overnight in very warm water and peel the corky covering
off of the beanlike seed before you try to germinate them. If they are
viable seeds they sprout much faster when peeled. Keep everything
clean so bacteria or mold spores do not take hold. When they first
germinate you will see a fuzz but do not mistake for mold , it is the
Good luck, Get some good named cross seeds because growing a unknown
seedling for up to 2 years just to see what you have can be very
If you are talking about the all white desert planet that grows out here in
the mojave desert and I have ones just coming up, every year they regrow
from not only the old root but from seeds too and let you know, they are
deadly poison too. Do NOT let anyone eat them or lick their hands after
touching them, the only thing I've had eat them is the tiny desert snail I
get around here, otherwise nothing will touch them and at night I get a full
blooming of them in the summer heat.
There are those who believe that life here, began out there, far across the
universe, with tribes of humans, who may have been the forefathers of the
It makes so much sense to use botanical names. Datura comes from seed
and if climate is not too wet or cold in winter will also come back
from the root. Mine are hardy here in zone 8b. They are called
Angels Trumpets and come in many forms. I mostly collect D. wrightii,
D. metel, D. inoxia, D. stramonium (thought his flower is not as
Brugmansia, aka Devils Trumpet is native of the high mountains in Peru
and like any other member of the solanacea family have poisonous
The most common insect I see are the giant larvae of Hawk moths. I
have many plants so welcome the hornworms because when the moths come
at night it's like having nocturnal hummingbirds. They actually look
a lot like hummingbirds are are as large, sometimes larger.
Tomatoes have deadly poisonous foliage too, as do eggplant, peppers
and any plant in the solanacea.
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