Spanish Eyes Black-Eyed Susan Vine Seeds

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There are countless ways to enjoy this cheery, sun-loving vine: window boxes, ground cover, on a trellis as a screen, in hanging baskets, decorating mailboxes, and columns. Very fast growing with lush foliage and masses of blooms all summer long in a dazzling, eye-catching array of sunset hues; the petals make a brilliant contrast to the dark, 'Spanish eyes'.
$2.99 20 seeds

Botanical Name: Thunbergia alata

Family: Acanthaceae

Native: Africa

Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 10 and warmer, otherwise grown as an annual.

Plant Dimensions: 5'–8' long vine; in frost-free areas it may reach 20'.

Variety Information: 1"–1½" wide, varying sunset hues with contrasting dark "eye"

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Bloom Period: Summer to frost

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is 65°–80°F.

When to Start Inside: 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Transplant outside after average last frost. Use biodegradable pots to prevent root disturbance when transplanting.

Days to Emerge: 15–10 days

Seed Depth: ⅛"

Seed Spacing: 1 seed every 6"

Thinning: Not required.

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Spanish Eyes Black-Eyed Susan Vine Seeds Reviews

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Maybe Disappointment Was My Fault
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I ordered several packages for multiple vines with different sun requirements. While they were vigorous vine growers, I got very few blooms. I did grow them in Miracle Gro Garden Soil which may have been a mistake. Perhaps, they would have flourished if I had placed them in just plain soil found in any garden. I was really disappointed and don't know if I will give them another try.
Rebecca H Lima
Owner Response: Hi Rebecca, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. I think you may be on to something regarding the potting soil. Miracle Grow products can be pretty rich in nutrients, nitrogen specifically. Nitrogen drives green growth and if excessive for the variety it can favor green growth over flowers. Phosphorus encourages flowering, roots, and fruit productions. After the initial growth and as plant approach flowering it is important that the weight of the nutrients is higher in phosphorus, rather than nitrogen or potassium for fruiting and flowering plants. Fertilizers and media, like potting soil, that claim to have nutrients should list them somewhere, often between dashes, something like 50-20-10 which translates to nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium (commonly called "N-P-K"). There is more about fertilizer in our article "How do I know Which Fertilizer to Use?" at this link, https://www.botanicalinterests.com/product/How-do-I-Know-Which-Fertilizer-to-Use . Flowering plants are preprogrammed to reproduce seeds, which starts with a flower and you were right to think there could be a factor thta put kink in that system. These are really pretty flowers and we sure hope you will try again. Happy gardening!

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