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bill02-Nov-02 04:51 PM EST 5a   
Ann Marie02-Nov-02 05:45 PM EST 3a   
Nancy04-Nov-02 07:35 PM EST 5b   
Gerald Burke05-Nov-02 05:36 PM EST 9   

Subject: datura seeds - oh, and pointsettias
From: bill
Zone: 5a
Date: 02-Nov-02 04:51 PM EST

Hi all,

One of my flower beds is full of datura seeds. I know that the plants are highly toxic - will the seeds do any harm to birds or squirrels?

And for the pointsettias - how many hours of light should they be getting at this time of year to get them to bloom again?

Thanks all.


Subject: RE: datura seeds
From: Ann Marie
Zone: 3a
Date: 02-Nov-02 05:45 PM EST

Hi Bill,

Datura and Brugmansia plants are used as an intoxicant by some tribes. No risk to animals that I have ever found and I usually just pull teh reseeded plants out when they appear.

If you would like more info I can give you some websites that tell you more. There is also a web site that talks about them.

Subject: RE: datura seeds
From: Nancy
Zone: 5b
Date: 04-Nov-02 07:35 PM EST

If the datura seeds are still in their thorny husks, animals will not likely bother them. It hurts my fingers trying to get to the seeds. If they have scattered to the ground seed by seed, I don't think animals will get to them, but one never knows. Good luck.

Subject: RE: datura seeds
From: Gerald Burke
Zone: 9
Date: 05-Nov-02 05:36 PM EST


Datura seeds won't hurt animals. Where it grows wild in the desert in Southern California several species of mammals eat the seeds.

Poinsettia--about this time of year poinsettia has started to form buds and should now be brought into darkness for 10 to 14 hours a day, then taken out for 8 to ten hours in a high light area, preferably sunlight, but not where the plant will get too hot. Continue this process for another 8 to 10 weeks for best results.

Gerald Burke Gardening From Southern California

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