Tithonia Torch Red - Seeds
Common name: Mexican sunflower
Bloom time: July to September
Height: 4.00 to 6.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care
Choose a warm, sheltered location when growing plant. The vining varieties require a support structure as some can get 15 feet tall. All plants prefer sun to light shade sites with well-draining and moderately fertile soil. Install the plant in the ground at the same level it was growing in the nursery pot.
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
- Mexican Sunflower plants like warm weather, and do not take a liking to the cold.
- Grow them in full sun.
- Soil conditions can vary, from average a to rich soil.
- But, it should be well drained.
- Mix in plenty of compost prior to planting to promote optimum plant growth.
- Before winter, add 4 to 6 inches of mulch, simply to delay the ground freeze and allow the roots to keep growing.
- Leave the mulch until spring once the last hard frost has passed.
Tithonia are grown from seed. In colder, northern areas, you may want to start them indoors. In warmer climates, they can be started outdoors. Keep soil moist until seeds have sprouted.
No serious insect or disease problems. Watch for slugs and snails.
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