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davsher
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July 19, 2014 - 11:01 am

mystery bush?????Confused when I planted the tomatoes, there were 2 cups that looked not very much a tomato. but there were several that I'd never heard of or seen. so the name on the cups said AJC 431 so that's I put in my planting book. as they grew I knew they couldn't be tomato. stilled confused until they flowered I knew what they wereSurprisedto my surprise I have 2 very nice moon flower bushes. my question is are they perennials or annuals? if they are perennials when can I move them for next year, or wait till spring and plant a seed ? I love a mystery don't you. 

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Lark
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July 19, 2014 - 6:56 pm

David, here in Wisconsin the 'Moon Vine' is an annual.  I have never had luck growing it.  I really think it is pretty.  Good luck with yours.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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KeyWee54
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July 20, 2014 - 6:04 am

Hmmmm ~ if they are moonflower "bushes" they may be datura.  Flower is similar to moonvine, large and white, and leaves look very much like tomatoes (but maybe a little more dusty green.  There is a candy-maker in Salem, WI who has had datura growing in front of this shop forever.  It comes back every year and is beautiful.  I am thinking that it self-seeds where he has it planted as it is a pretty large raised bed and I don't think this plant comes back from the root in 5a.  This plant is poison however, so watch those grandkiddies!

Lark is correct, moonflower "vine" is an annual (even for me in 7a) and the leaves  look very much like a morning glory.  

David, look again at your plant and tell us which you think it is.

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davsher
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July 20, 2014 - 10:07 am

thanks to both of you. it has big white flowers like the vine, but it is a bush no vining. I got the seed from a bush across town. the pod was very prickly and round. I planted some seed in cups I must have gotten them mixed up. took the dog out this morning and the blooms were great. so in zone 5 it would be an annual?

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davsher
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July 20, 2014 - 3:51 pm

home from Church and eating lunch out. I have been researching the mystery plant. I think it is a Datura which kind is un clear, and it is an annual. will save the seed this year and replant. wonder if I can put the plant in the compost bin? think I'll contact Iowa State.  

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Lark
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July 20, 2014 - 4:43 pm

I would not put it in my compost bin.  If your compost gets VERY HOT it will kill weed seeds. If is does not get hot and you put the Datura seed pods in your compost bin, you will have Datura coming up where ever you spread your compost.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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