PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).
|Tithonia rotundifolia 'Torch'|
|Mexican Sunflower 'Torch'|
|A dynamic plant for the hot bed! A profusion of rich orange to vermillion flowers from late summer to autumn, on large, branching plants up to 6ft/2m. A good cut flower, although the hollow neck of the cut blooms can be a little prone to sudden collapse, particularly if deprived of water for any length of time, so avoid picking blooms on a hot, sunny day. Tithonia is really a plant for a much warmer climate than the UK offers, and although it grows and flowers well, it sets very little viable seed before the weather rots the seedheads, hence the low seed count in the packets.|
|Sowing and/or growing instructions|
|Sow in March or April by pressing gently onto the surface of a good, moist compost (tithonia germinates better if light is not excluded) under cover at at 13-18C/55-64F mid to late spring, planting out in full sun in well-drained soil when all danger of frost has passed. Provide some support and protect from slugs and snails.|