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Thunbergia, Alata Mix

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Black-eyed susan vine.

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Slender, trailing black-eyed susan vines with dark, finely etched eyes peeking out of star-shaped 1" blooms in shades of orange, yellow and white. Hundreds of 1 1/2" blooms. Naturally vining, perfect for hanging baskets, trellis or arbor.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

60 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

72-96 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Trellis or Lattice

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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  • Thunbergia

    Thunbergia
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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How to Sow and Plant

Thunbergia may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or sown directly in the garden

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow thunbergia indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost
  • Sow seeds evenly and thinly and cover with ¼ inch of seed starting formula
  • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-10 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 2 pairs of true leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Transplanting in the Garden:

  • Plant seedlings in the garden after all danger of frost has passed.
  • Select a location in full sun in soil that drains well.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water.
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Direct sow in full sun in well-drained soil after danger of frost.
  • Prepare the soil by removing weeds and working organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Sow seeds 6 inches apart and cover with ¼ inch fine soil.
  • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 7-10 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
  • Thin to stand about 12 inches apart when seedlings are 1- 2 inches high.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Remove spent flower heads to keep plants flowering until fall.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
  • Provide a trellis or other support and train the vine to climb as it grows.
  • Thunbergia may also be grown as an annual ground cover.
  • Pinch or cut back to control the vine’s growth.
  • Most thunbergia plants can grow 5-6 feet in one season.
  • Thunbergia is a perennial in milder areas.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
60 inches
Spread
72-96 inches
Ornamental Use
Trellis or Lattice
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Flowering
Yes
Bloom Duration
12 weeks
Flower color
Orange, White, Yellow
Thunbergia, Alata Mix is rated 2.9 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thunbergia, Alata Mix Great flowers with beautiful deep green foliage producing vines! :)
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Thunbergia a huge disappointment I bought and planted this immediately but the plants kept holding back to make an appearance. I am a seasoned gardener and feel this was not worth my time.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grown as a friend's last wish My friend saw a photo of "Black Susan Vine" in a magazine while she was in hospice. Only Burpee had the seeds. I'm happy to say that the first blooms appeared yesterday, and that I kept my promise to her..
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Seeds did not germinate Very disappointing that none of the seeds germinate.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from bad luck planted these and was looking forward for them to come up. Not one seed came up. Very disappointing. Always had good luck with Burpee.
Date published: 2016-04-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from thunbergia ordered 6, 4 cam dead ad 2 would not grow
Date published: 2012-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great In So. Cal. I got my first plant from my neighbor. She used it in her turtle cage but they don't like them. I've had it for about a year now and its MASSIVE! I used it to cover a 75' of chain link fencing. I only have 3 plant and they are pretty much green and flowering year-round. I love them and recommend them to anyone trying to cover a chain link fence.
Date published: 2010-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from easy with direct sow.. I planted these last year because I was pregnant and I wanted something low maintance for the summer. Showcasing lovely blooms mid summer and into the fall, they were great in both the garden and containers. I would recommend direct sow for both containers and the garden because the plants that I started in seed cups were very delicate and difficult to transfer. I lost several plants trying to move them from the seed starting system.
Date published: 2008-01-13
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