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Germination of

Datura sp.

Pastel Pink Angel Trumpets, Devil's Trumpet, Moonflower, Jimsonweed, Thorn Apple, Devil's Weed, Hell's Bells, Angel's Trumpet, Sacred Datura, Toloache, Indian Apple

Datura sp.

Seed Preparation: Start by scarifying the seeds slightly to break the hard seed coat. You can do this by gently rubbing the seeds with fine sandpaper or nicking them with a knife. This scarification aids in water absorption, promoting germination.

Soaking: Place the scarified Datura seeds in warm water for about 24 hours. This soaking process softens the seed coat and encourages germination.

Sowing: After the soaking period, plant the seeds in a well-draining soil mix. Sow the seeds on the surface of the soil, gently pressing them in without burying too deeply.

Environment: Keep the planted seeds in a warm location with indirect sunlight or under grow lights. The ideal temperature for germination is around 70-80°F (21-27°C).

Moisture: Ensure the soil remains consistently moist but not waterlogged. Use a spray bottle to mist the soil lightly when it starts to dry out.

Covering: Consider covering the container with a plastic lid or wrap to maintain high humidity levels around the seeds. Alternatively, you can place the container in a clear plastic bag to create a mini-greenhouse effect.

Germination Time: Germination can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Be patient, as Datura seeds might exhibit varying germination times.

Transplanting: Once the seedlings have developed a few sets of true leaves and are sturdy enough, they can be transplanted into individual pots or into the garden.

Remember, Datura is known for its toxicity, so handle the seeds and plants with care, and keep them out of reach of children and pets. Additionally, it's crucial to wash your hands thoroughly after handling Datura seeds or plants.

Some of plants may have very have specific germination requirements that may not be covered in these general instructions. 

Many seeds require pre-treatment before sowing which we try to list here when we can, but this information may not be present here.  Germination times and germination temperatures are to be a guide only.  Many factors can DRASTICALLY affect this.


It's always a good idea to research the specific germination requirements from multiple sources for each plant before attempting to grow them from seed.

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