Angel trumpet growth problem

by Helen

Every autumn I cut back my angel trumpet and bring it indoors. Around mid-May when all danger of frost has passed and it´s reached the ceiling I take it back out to the patio where it blooms abundantly in late summer.

This year, although it´s only the beginning of March, as you can see, it´s already up to the ceiling and is bending over. If I leave it like that I dread to think how it´ll look in 2 1/2 months´ time.

Should I cut it back again or what? Please advise.

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Mar 01, 2019
Too Tall!
by: Jacki Cammidge, Certified Horticulturist

That's why you absolutely need grow lights - for these monsters!

That kind of growth will not do anything for the plant, it's all leaf stalks. By all means cut them back, and let it start again.

It needs a brighter window if you have one, so it doesn't just grow to the moon again.

Nice to know you can overwinter it so successfully!

Mar 02, 2019
Thank you
by: Helen

Thank you for your advice. (The angel trumpet is about 10 years old and I´d have hated to lose it.)

The Jack In The Bean-stock stems have all been cut back and the plant is now standing as close to the glass door in the living room as possible without totally restricting access to the garden.

It´s the best I can do so I hope our dreary weather will improve so that it´ll get more light. The ogre that lived at the top of my plant has been relocated to the compost heap.

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