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Postby Eeyore » Apr 25, 2008 11:17 pm

...before I can put the Daturas out for hardening off?
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Postby Sharon Bryson » Apr 26, 2008 9:32 am

Hi Lyn:
I'm surprised someone who has grown Datura in recent history hasn't had a suggestion.
My feeling would be they need to wait until chance of frost is over, but it has been many years since we did any. Then they were direct sown also.
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Postby butterfly » Apr 26, 2008 9:46 am

I find Duatra take 2-3 weeks to germinate and like warm soil

They are an annual.

They will not survive if put outiside before last frost. Frost will kill them

They blooms last longer if put in shade or part shade
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Postby Lindamct » Apr 26, 2008 10:12 am

Hi Lyn! I am in Zone 5a here. I put them out under a large clear juice jug, that I have sawed the top off, once the night temps stay above 40F. (usually mid-May) I have always done that. I do pinch them back first. Your far colder than us here. :shock: :)
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Postby Eeyore » Apr 26, 2008 11:26 am

Thanks Linda, Butterfly and Sharon. The dats are up about 6 inches and have about 6 leaves each. i'm wonering if they can go out in the daytime when it is warm and back in at night. I can't leave them out all night yet but we are expecting 10 degrees today and I thought I would put them out for a couple of hours in the shade. Would this be OK?
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Postby butterfly » Apr 26, 2008 12:16 pm

I wouldn't lyn , not yet Itt akes just a week to harden off then plant But

Your climate is colder than here and I would harden them off middle of May here



Didn't you get all that snow?

Are your temps a steady plus 10 or more each day?

If not wait. I would

Our day time temps have been going between plus 21 down to 4-5 and still not a good steady day time temp yet to harden off

I harden off a week before I can plant
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Postby Lindamct » Apr 26, 2008 12:32 pm

Go for it Lyn! I've been doing that with mine for the past 2 weeks now! :)
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Postby Eeyore » Apr 26, 2008 12:58 pm

I think I'll give it a try, I'll wait until late afternoon when it is warmest for now.
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Postby Catherine » Apr 26, 2008 5:55 pm

Yes...go for it. If the temp drops it's easy enough to bring them back in for shelter..
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Postby Big Smile » Apr 26, 2008 8:18 pm

Eeyore wrote:I think I'll give it a try, I'll wait until late afternoon when it is warmest for now.


Lyn , I have had my Daturas out on the deck for several days and a couple of nights. The weather has been so nice .

I will bring them in tonight as the forecast is for very cool.

Mine are also 6 inches tall. Yesterday I planted 3 Dats in a large planter. I have the double yellow ones.

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