Mexican Sunflower Seeds - Yellow (Tithonia Speciosa Yellow Torch) Seeds.
This plant is very easy to grow, and will attract lots of butterflies to your garden. Reaching six feet high and up to four feet wide, it's like an annual hedge! Bright orange daisy flowers cover large velvety leaves.
Sunflowers grow best in locations with full sun; they prefer long, hot summers to flower well.
Though they're not too fussy, sunflowers thrive in slightly acidic to somewhat alkaline (pH 6.0 to 7.5).
If possible, put seeds in a spot that is sheltered from strong winds, perhaps along a fence or near a building.
Planting Sunflower Seeds
It's easiest to sow seeds directly into the soil after the danger of spring frost is past. Ideally, the soil temperature has reached 55 to 60 degrees F.
Plant the large seeds no more than 1 inch deep and 4 to 6 inches apart in well-dug, loose soil after it has thoroughly warmed, from mid-April to late May.
A light application of fertilizer mixed in at planting time will encourage strong root growth to protect them from blowing over in the wind.
Experiment with plantings staggered over 5 to 6 weeks to keep enjoying continuous blooms.
Give plants plenty of room, especially for low-growing varieties that will branch out. Make rows about 30 inches apart. (For very small varieties, plant closer together.)
When the plants are six inches high, thin them to two feet.
If you see birds scratching around for the seeds, spread netting over the planted area until seeds germinate.
Water plants deeply but infrequently to encourage deep rooting.
Feed plants only sparingly; overfertilization can cause stems to break in the fall.
Tall species and cultivars require support. Bamboo stakes are a good choice for any plant that has a strong, single stem and needs support for a short period of time.
USDA Zones: 4 - 11
Height: 28 inches
Bloom Season: Early summer to early fall
Bloom Color: Orange
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 5.8 - 6.5
Average Germ Time: 7 - 14 days
Light Required: Yes - avoid direct sunlight by shading seeds after sowing
Depth: Do not cover seeds
Sowing Rate: 2 - 3 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep soil slightly moist, but not wet
Plant Spacing: 12 - 18 inches
Care & Maintenance: See: Mexican Sunflower
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