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Angel trumpets thrive both in the garden and in the bucket. However, there are a few things you need to consider when planting so that they develop splendidly.Angel trumpets thrive in the garden and in the bucket. The nightshade family originally comes from South America. With a little skill, it can also be cultivated in our latitudes.
If you follow a few simple points, plant your angel trumpets with the best prospects of healthy, flowering specimens that you can enjoy all summer.
Nutrient-rich soil is the be-all and end-all for angel trumpets
Angel's trumpets are among the plants that extract many nutrients from the soil. It is therefore imperative that you choose nutrient-rich container plant soil. If you compost organic waste yourself, you can also mix in the compost as a supplement. Fill the soil or soil-compost mixture into a layer of clay granulate in the planter. Angel trumpets need a lot of water. However, the roots are sensitive to waterlogging, which you can easily prevent with a good water drainage and the layer of clay granulate. In addition, plastic buckets with several holes in the bottom offer better water drainage than clay pots with only one hole.
Angel trumpets grow pretty quickly. This also applies to the roots of the plants. When selecting the plastic bucket, always make sure that the roots are surrounded on all sides by a layer of soil that is at least three centimeters thick. It only takes six to eight weeks for the tub to be fully rooted. Then at the latest you have to repot the angel's trumpet.
Our tip: plant the angel's trumpet in a double pot
If repotting is too difficult for you, there is a practical trick: cut ten to twelve holes in the side walls of a plastic tub. The holes should be about the diameter of a 20 cent piece. Then plant the angel's trumpet in the manner described above. Place the bucket in a second, significantly larger bucket, which is also filled with suitable soil. The roots can now reach through the holes and ensure plant growth with nutrients from the soil in the outer pot.
When the time comes to bring the angel's trumpet into the house for the winter, just cut off the roots at the holes in the bucket. Angel trumpets can also be planted in the garden bed according to the same principle. Simply dig in the bucket with the holes at ground level.
Caution with risk of frost!
Angel's trumpets are not hardy and should therefore not get any frost. So wait until the end of May before you start planting the nightshade family. In the first half of May, night frosts often occur around the time of the Ice Saints (May 11th to 15th). If you still want to plant the angel's trumpet from April, you should make sure that you can bring the angel's trumpets back into a protected space such as a garage or a winter garden if there is a risk of frost.