About Datura Belle Blanche
The fragrant evening white blooms of Datura seem to glow even as darkness falls and hence the common name “Moonflower”. The 7 in. perfumed blooms give the garden a tropical flair. Yet it has all the attributes we northern gardeners like: A tough-no-fuss plant, Datura Belle Blanche takes heat and drought, and the deer and insects keep away! They are also great plants for large pots. Datura is included at the University of Illinois deer resistant plant list.
Datura Belle Blanche
Planting and Growing Datura
Make sure your Datura “harden off” to cool nights and windy conditions before planting. This requires leaving them outside in a protected area for a few days otherwise, they may wilt after planting. Choose an area that is sunny. Prepare your planting hole by turning the soil at least a shovel size deep and wide and be sure the hole is filled with plenty of organic matter for best results. Remove your plant from its pack and gently loosen the root ball. Plant deep enough to cover the top of the root ball. Press down firmly on the soil and then water it in. Consider fertilizing once or twice a season. You can mulch if you like but not too close to the plant to avoid rot.