Seed To Bloom:
Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before planting out after last frost. Keep at 70-75°F until germination, then grow on at 60°F.
Direct sow after last frost.
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
After all danger of frost has passed.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Mexican sunflower or tithonia is an impressive specimen that grows into a sturdy shrub in summer and soon develops fluted buds holding aloft the fiery scarlet flowers. Attractive as a hedge or specimen at the back of the garden and valuable in cutting gardens. Deer resistant tithonia attracts pollinators; late in the year, birds harvest the seeds. Easy-care, deadhead, if desired, as it blooms long regardless.
1" per week; drought tolerant once established and blooming.
Tolerates most pH levels.
Diseases & Pests:
Prevent slug and snail damage by sprinkling some diatomaceous earth or crushed eggshells on the soil surrounding the plants.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Harvest when fowers are 3/4 to fully open.