Datura Terry - an unusual plant originally from Asia, which in common people is called dope. Since ancient times, it was used as a medicinal, despite the fact that it is considered poisonous, and its magical properties are shrouded in mystical legends. Gardeners appreciate datur for its decorative, intoxicating and intoxicating scent. As a rule, the plant is grown with seeds.
Datura: growing from seed at home
- The first step is to check the seeds for quality. You can do this as follows: fill the seeds with water and watch them. Quality grains will sink to the bottom, and low-quality grains will be on the surface of the water. Catch substandard and throw them away, you will not need them. By the way, the seeds of the datura do not lose their germination rate for 10 years.
- Selected quality seeds once again soak in warm water for 1-2 days, put them on the window sill with good lighting - this contributes to faster growth. Instead of water, you can use a growth stimulant fluid - this also accelerates the germination of seedlings. Planting of seeds is carried out in the middle of spring in fertile, loose soil. Ideal next substrate - a mixture of humus, ordinary garden soil and fine sand (preferably sea). As a container for seedlings, a deep box is suitable, where the substrate is poured out and the seeds are sown deep enough. After planting seedlings moisten the soil with a spray gun. Capacity with seeds covered with glass or polyethylene and placed in a room with a temperature regime not lower than 17 degrees.
- The first sprouts will appear after a few weeks, after which you can put the box with the seedlings in a well-lit place. Do not overdo it with watering, the soil should not be very moist. When the first leaves appear, take out the seedlings for 2-3 hours on the balcony or in the garden. Gradually increase the time for quenching datura. Sprouts should get stronger after a month and they can be put on the street for the whole night (if at the same time the temperature does not fall below 12 degrees).
Datura: planting and care in the open field
When all manipulations with the cultivation of seedlings were successful, you can transplant a datur to a permanent place in the garden. Ideally, a well-lit, windless place is chosen. Datura seedlings can be transplanted to the open ground only when it gets warmer (around the end of May - early June). Before planting be sure to make mineral fertilizers in the soil. During the period of frosts, daturs are covered with polypropylene fiber (it passes light well and protects from cold weather).
Datur is a rather undemanding plant, so it is quite simple to care for it. In the summer period, provide a flower with abundant watering (preferably every other day, and in a strong drought - daily). During the flowering period, datur needs fertilizers (alternate organic and mineral supplements), which are applied every day and stop making in winter.
The plant also needs pruning. After the flowering stops (this happens in the fall), form the crown of the datur by cutting the branches.
If you provide the plant with the necessary care and fertile soil, the dope’s bush will grow lush, beautiful and spreading, it will need support. Most often, the height of a bush plant reaches about a meter, and in width - 70 cm. At the same time on one bush can bloom up to 15 flowers, each of which reaches a length of up to 15 cm. To ensure continued flowering, do not forget to remove faded flowers. To get the seeds, pick the seed buds from the datura (when ripe, they begin to burst, the grains are well separated from the bolls and dried on paper).
Datura Terry: flower photo
Datura is a beautiful plant, which in most countries is taken as a weed. We have this flower is usually grown for gardening suburban areas and urban flower beds. Datura flowers have a delicate white color with different shades and thinning a pleasant stupefying scent. Datura is considered a poisonous plant, so it is not recommended to grow it for people who have small children and animals.