Mexican Sunflower Seed - Tithonia Red Torch Flower Seeds

Mexican Sunflower Seeds - Red

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Flower Specifications

Season: Annual

USDA Zones: 4 - 11

Height: 40 inches

Bloom Season: Early summer to early fall

Bloom Color: Red

Environment: Full sun to partial shade

Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 5.8 - 6.5

Planting Directions

Temperature: 70F

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: Mexican Sunflower

Mexican Sunflower Red (Tithonia Speciosa Red Torch) - Mexican Sunflower Red Torch can be easily grown from Tithonia seeds. The incredible 3 - 4 inch red flowers are excellent for cutting. They also are butterfly magnets, particularly the Monarch butterfly. Red Torch will begin blooming in July or August and continues until frost. Place the Mexican Sunflower plant behind beds or borders where their coarse texture, rangy habit and vivid flowers will stand above less boisterous plantings. Tithonia may grow as a perennial in USDA Zones 10 - 11. The plant does well in hot sunny settings and will benefit from deadheading the spent blooms.

Growing Mexican Sunflower from flower seeds is very easy and rewarding. Directly sow the flower seeds into prepared seed beds after all danger of frost has passed. Amend the soil with organic compost a couple of weeks before sowing the Tithonia seeds. Sow the seeds in groups of 2 - 3 seeds spaced 12 - 18 inches apart. Thin the seedlings to the strongest plant.