Spanish Eyes Black-Eyed Susan Vine Seeds

4.375 out of 5 stars
(8 reviews)
Availability: Out of Stock
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'.
$4.29 15 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

8 reviews

Maybe Disappointment Was My Fault

2 out of 5 stars Dec 7, 2019
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 from DE
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!

Beautiful vining plant!

5 out of 5 stars Dec 29, 2020
These did fabulously in my garden. My only mistake was growing them under far too small a trellis. They took over the entire trellis and then climbed 12 feet up the gutter of my house! Flowers were prolific and gorgeous. Just make sure you have a dedicated spot away from other plants. This guy likes to climb over anything in it's way. I love that the plant ended up looking exactly like the seed packet except the colors were more faded than the picture shows, not that that's a bad thing!
Natalie from NY

I wish I knew how easy these were sooner.

5 out of 5 stars Aug 10, 2021
Slow to germinate, used a heat mat and just weeks later i they are big enough to transplant and are busting out of the 4 inch pot. Had I known how easy they were to start I would of never bothered with trying it find these at the nursery in pots. Be patient they are worth it.
Ramona from CA

NICE colors

5 out of 5 stars Nov 21, 2021
The vines did well and I loved the colors!
Cathy from IL

Shining star

5 out of 5 stars Dec 2, 2021
These little beauties where the shining stars of my corner driveway garden. They germinate at 100% and I used skewers to keep them inside longer then I probably should have but our weather wasn't favorable on time for how fast they grew. Once I got them outside in the ground they took off and filled my obelisk like a stunning tower of delicate sunset blooms. I will have this variety in my garden for as long as I grow, I'm excited to see where else I can add them next season.
Busy Bug Homestead from WV

Beautiful Flowers and Vigorous Vines

5 out of 5 stars Dec 28, 2021
Highly recommend! I planted these last March with low expectations as I had heard they were hard to grow. Only about half germinated, but those plants have turned into extremely vigorous and enormous vines that have been blooming non for the last 6 months. They are stunning, very tough, and did exceptionally well in our heat and humidity. I have them planted in several spots around my garden in a variety of soil from rich garden compost to the basic clay soil we have here in central TX and they flourish wherever they are planted. Looking forward to growing them again next year.
Lizzy from TX


3 out of 5 stars Jun 11, 2022
Last year I had really great success with Black Eyed Susan vine seeds from Botanical Interests! I was anxious to get some more. But this year I had really poor germination. It is upsetting. Really missing this vine this year.
Linda from PA
Owner Response: Hi Linda, I'm sorry you were not able to see this vine in your garden again this year. A customer service representative will be in touch with you soon to ensure you are able to try again. Please don't hesitate to reach out for any growing and troubleshooting advice. We are always happy to help!

Completely Inspired Me!

5 out of 5 stars Jul 17, 2022
I have these planted in a huge container with an iron trellis in the center, and it is a total showstopper...my favorite thing is the reaction I get when I tell people I grew them from seed. I also have your Midnight Blend Impatiens potted up (lighting up!) in a mostly shady spot at my back door, and they are magical. I've had great success starting your seeds, and can't wait to expand my seedlings this coming year...I love to learn about seeds I've never tried, and I ventured into French Breakfast Radishes this year as well. Not only did I have great success with germination rates, but you wouldn't believe how lovely the empty seed packets look in my garden journal. Have to get back to my fall crop planting, and looking forward to Spring 2023!
Susan from ME

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