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Brugmansia problem

This is a relatively new plant for us (1 month old).  It is potted and lush with new growth but it’s been displaying bumpy leaves and which become yellow/brown almost with burnt edges.  The discoloration started on the largest leaves and but has spread to the young leaves.  It’s been a hot spring and will show signs of being thirsty if not watered almost daily.  I’ve been using miracle gro fertilizer regularly per the instructions as the seller told me brugmansia are heavy feeders.  I’m worried it’s a tobacco mosaic virus. Any thoughts are welcome! 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,847
    @fidgetbones grows brugmansia … I’ll give her a nudge … hopefully she’ll see this …

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,427
    What variety is it,I don't recognize the leaves? 
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,685
    I find they are drastically prone to spider mite which turns the leaves yellow. Any that look infected I tend to pick off. You need a magnifying  glass to see them on the backs of the leaves. It is always worse if they are dry. Misting regularly seems to deter them a bit.  Always keep well watered, to the extent of standing the pot in a tray and topping up so there is always some water in the tray.  If that is a small pot inside a cache pot, it need potting on. Mine end up in 14 inch pots.
  • What variety is it,I don't recognize the leaves? 
    Nor me.. I will be more than happy to be corrected but I don't think thats a Brug?
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,427
    Chris I was wondering the same thing. Ours go outside as soon as possible,used to be in the conservatory then it was red spider mites and scale insects making everything sticky. So yes lots of water,spray leaves, for the pests we now use Neem
  • I’m not sure what variety of brug it is. Perhaps a cubensis ‘Charles Grimaldi’ given its toothed edge on the leaves and big 1ft yellow flowers. 

    The surface of the leaf definitely turns slight yellow/brown as it becomes bumpy and then presents burnt edges and spots. See today’s photo. 

    Leaf symptoms look similar to Tobacco Mosaic Virus which is my biggest concern. 

    Another forum suggested nutrient deficiency but given the frequency it gets water with a bit of fertilizer, I’d be more concerned it’s related to excess nutrients not a deficiency. Never seen excess nutrients show up like this though so I am at a loss. 
  • Do you water it with tap water?
  • Watered with a mix of both water from the tap when we use the irrigation system and water directly from Cayuga Lake when it's extra thirsty.  
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