Propagating Native Plants: Datura

Datura seed pod
Datura seed pod pretending to be an Alien’s dried skull. rar

Danger, Danger, Will Robinson: all parts of the plant are poisonous.

When to sow: Spring if treating as an annual in cold climates. Spring or fall in warmer places. Give the plants time to get established before the first frost if planting in autumn.

Special treatment: Soak the seeds for a few days. Frequently change the water to remove growth inhibitors.

Fresh or dried seed: Either will work.

Planting depth: 3/4 inch

Preferred temperature for germination: Day temperatures should exceed 60º Fahrenheit; the nights should not be colder than 40º Fahrenheit.

Days to germination: 10-40 days

Vegetative propagation: Can also be propagated by root cuttings 3-4 inches long. Bury about one inch deep in the soil.

Closed blossom Datura September 2014
Closed blossom Datura September 2014

2 thoughts on “Propagating Native Plants: Datura

  1. One of my neighbours has a nice clump of them growing on her corner and when I saw them I thought it was such a smart looking plant that I am inspired to do something similar.


  2. Well this is interesting. I’ve been snipping off Datura seed pods all season and tossing them in a spot where I’d love another plant. With the series of rains we are having (thank you, Odile!) perhaps they will be sufficiently “washed” and buried and take advantage of favorable temperatures to germinate! I think I’ll go stick a few seeds down further into the soil once the rains are over. Just to be helpful. I’ve never had luck with seed and have low expectations, so it can’t hurt.

    Typically I’ve been forced to buy mine but consider them a good investment. Datura have been perennial for us here. And the deer leave these well alone.


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