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Torenia, Lemon Drop Hybrid

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A breakthrough in color.

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The first true yellow torenia. A cheerful oasis of color, this dwarf "summer pansy" is the first true yellow and white flowered torenia. Pretty, clean white flowers have butter lemony yellow dimples;a welcome sight in sun or light shade.
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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 Shade, Part Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

8 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

6-8 inches

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

Beds, Container

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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How to Sow and Plant

Torenia may be grown from seed sown early indoors

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow torenia indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost.
  • Sow seeds very shallowly. Barely press into seed starting formula. Light aides germination.
  • Seedlings emerge in about 15 days at 70-75 degrees F.
  • Keep evenly moist.
  • 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:

  • Select a location in full shade to part sun with good rich moist organic, well-drained soil.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Torenia is useful for shady beds and borders, or as an edging and forms an attractive annual groundcover.
  • Torenia is also an excellent plant for small containers and window boxes.
Sun
Full Shade, Part Sun
Height
8 inches
Spread
6-8 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Container
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Flowering
Yes
Bloom Duration
10 weeks
Flower color
White, Yellow
Torenia, Lemon Drop Hybrid is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So cute These cute little flowered plants require very little maintenance. They never wilted even in the heat. They did well for me in a pot in morning sun. I'm definitely going to try them again next year.
Date published: 2014-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite torenia I love torenia because they are so hardy. They seem to like humidity the most. I can't find these yellow ones anywhere except Burpee. They attract different kinds of bees and are a beautiful, almost florescent color. I have never had trouble growing any kind of torenia by seed or plant, so I'm not sure why anyone would have a problem with this flower.
Date published: 2010-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful flowers These are very pretty flowers that needed little care. They seemed to do better with more sun than shade. I can't wait to try them again next spring.
Date published: 2009-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from torenia never bloomed, nothing. The plants never really got bigger than 3" high - they just ended up dying. I had hundreds of plants in the same area that did perfectly well (same kinds of plants), and these lemon drops were duds.
Date published: 2009-06-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Lemon Drop did not bloom as well as other torenias.
Date published: 2006-12-30
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