Monday, November 17, 2008

Angel Trumpet Reproduction
also known as
Brugmansia X candida

Benefits of a Plant Patent

A plant patent lasts for 20 years from the date of filing the patent application and gives the inventor the right to exclude others from asexually reproducing, selling, or using the plant so reproduced.
Rooting is considered asexual reproduction. This Author investigated several Web Sites to ascertain Patent Information. The status of Patent Information for this Plant is listed as unknown.
Today I will display a rooting technique that I use to have additional plants to share. The first picture is of an Angel Trumpet Plant that is currently flourshing (November 17, 2008) in my Gardens. You can see the bloom pods, which are about four inches long. Unfortunately the cold weather this evening here in Middle Georgia may freeze this plant. Thus I have taken steps to insure that I have these lovely plants again in 2009. I have performed this routine for the last five or six years with great success:

This is a picture of a plant that I rooted during the Winter of 2007-2008. It is currently in a pot in the garage so that I can Winter it over. I also have the first plant that I acquired about seven years ago in a larger pot, which I also keep in the garage.

This is a set-up picture of a stem that has developed roots over the Winter and I place the stems in individual fiber pots like this in Mid-March each Spring so that I can transplant them in the ground in Mid-April, after all danger of frost is past. Please remember that on April 14, 2008 we had overnight temperatures lower than 32 degrees.

Here is a picture of what I accomplished today, November 17th, to root my cuttings. I cut several stems about eight inches long. Placed them in water and then put them in Rootone - a Rooting Hormone with Fungicide; before placing them back into this high tech plastic jug with about two inches of water so that they can root over Winter. Then, as I displayed above I place the rooted cuttings in individual fiber planters for further growth until it is safe to transplant them outside in the Gardens.

Angel Trumpets flourish in full Sun, however I have mine placed on the Northeast corner of our two story home. On hot Summer days I have had to water them twice a day because they do like plenty of water. Please note that I do maintain a heavy mulch around the plants once they are in the Ground.

The first picture clearly shows plants that I hope do not freeze soon, because I want to see another flush of blooms from them. They had three already this Year. Once they are killed by cold weather I cut them off to the ground and then place a pile of hardwood leaves one foot tall over the roots. So far they have come back each year.

I hope you find this post useful and please leave your comments here regarding the maintaining of these lovely, and yes interesting plants throughout the State of Georgia. The methods I discuss above have worked for me here in Bibb County, which is in the Heart of Georgia.