Sunflower, Mexican (Tithonia rotundifolia) - 50 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones 1-12
Mexican sunflowers are ideal for the beginner gardener who wants something showy to fill in a large blank spot in the flower border. Mexican sunflowers aren’t fussy about soil, and don’t need much care after they get growing. Mexican sunflowers are a welcome addition to the butterfly garden, as they have the nectar rich stores in shallow blossoms that meet a pollinator’s needs. Unlike many butterfly-friendly plants that are small in stature, the tall blooms of the Mexican sunflower bring butterflies right up to eye level, making them easier to observe. A mature stand of Mexican sunflowers makes a good addition to the vegetable garden, as the pollinators they attract will help increase your vegetable yields.
Direct sow in the spring pressing the seeds into the surface of the soil. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination which usually occurs within 2 weeks. The plant can also be started 6-8 weeks before transplanting outdoors after the last frost of spring. Water seeds occasionally until they become established. Since they need good drainage, mature plants do well in drought and poor soil. Soil that is too rich and moist will have a negative effect. If planting in a windy location, staking or support may be necessary.
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