Composting Brugmansia

Asked July 31, 2020, 11:00 PM EDT

Our neighbor gave us a brugmansia plant last year as a thank you gift. We over-wintered it in our green house and it's come back to life, although a bit yellowish and it's dropped a couple leaves. I've since learned that all parts of it are poisonous. We have no pets or grandchildren young enough for it to be a hazard however are we able to compost the leaves in our compost bin or will we be poisoning our garden? Should the leaves go in the commercial curbside compost bin instead? It did well last year in a pot in the shady backyard. This year we moved it to the sunny front yard and it's very slow growing. Move it back to the shade? What type of fertilizer does it need? Thank you.

Washington County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for your question. The toxic (and organic) components in nightshade plants break down when exposed to light and heat, so can be composted safely in your backyard composting bin, or in the curbside container. They will not harm other plants or the soil. Here is an Extension article on care of the plant (starting on page 2): https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/News200610.pdf Hope this is helpful. Good luck!