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Torch Tithonia

Also called Mexican sunflower. Years ago, I planted a wildflower mix, and the planting was soon dominated by 4-foot tall plants with single, reddish-orange flowers. I never was able to figure out what the flower was until I happened upon a similar planting at the Olbrich Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin. It was tithonia. The tall plants have attractive, soft green foliage with a fairly large number of bright 4"-5" blooms. I find this very striking, especially as a backdrop plant to other vivid colored annuals like zinnias and calendula.

15 seeds 

Torch Tithonia

 PLANTING

Tithonia speciosa

Annual

Germination: 7-14 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-80ºF

Seed Planting Depth: Sow on the surface, seeds need light to germinate

Starting Indoors: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Provide 70-80ºF soil temperatures until germination. Transplant 12-24” apart after the last frost.

Sowing Outdoors: Direct sow outdoors after the last frost, only in areas with long growing seasons

Growth Habit:  Upright, branching

Height and Width: 4-6’ x 2-3’

Spacing: 12-24” apart

Light Needs: Full sun

Soil Needs: Average to poor, dry, well-drained

Approximate days to flower from seed: Blooms in 85-90 days

Uses: Cut flowers, beds and back of borders, cottage gardens, containers and planters, attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, drought tolerant, deer resistant

Care:  Deadhead to encourage more flower production. Over-fertilizing will produce plants with more foliage than flowers. Tall plants can benefit from staking

 

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VC
08/03/2021
valerie c. walton
United States United States
I recommend this product

torch tithonia

always get good service, good germination. can't give review as serious bout of Lyme disease prevented me from getting any of my garden in

AB
06/08/2021
Anita B.
United States United States

FAIR SEEDS

I HAD 3 OF THESE COME UP OUT OF THE WHOLE PACK. NOT SURE WHAT THE PROBLEM WAS, THESE SEEDS ALWAYS DO REALLY WELL.

RC
02/17/2021
Rita C.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Torch Tithonia

I love shopping at Pinetree. It is a local, family run business that carries many seeds that are hard to find. The seeds are in smaller packets so you can use them up to either try them or so you don’t have to save them for the next year. The people who work there are friendly and willing to share their knowledge. Their gardens are beautiful to visit. Torch Tithonia grows into a 7 foot tall giant bush (with fertile soil) full of beautiful orange blossoms that the hummingbirds can’t leave alone. It is easy to grow and also somewhat frost hardy. It will always be a presence in my garden.

GS
08/25/2020
Georgene S.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Tithonia Torch seeds

Great place to get seeds.

SN
06/18/2020
Sandra N.
United States United States
I recommend this product

I grew tithonia a couple years ago and it grew to be 7 feet high with several large branches and lots of lovely orange flowers that bees and birds loved. I planted again this year and they are growing well.

I always enjoy your catalog and was pleased to see so many organically grown seeds. I also appreciate that several new and unusual seeds are offered. I've planted papalo this year and it has a very unique flavor, unlike any Mexican green I've eaten.