Black Eye Susan Vine
POT MEASUREMENTS: Approx. 14cm(Ø) x 11cm(H)
Pot color and size may vary and change subject to availability Color of flower may be substituted with another similar color depending on stock availability.
Thunbergia alata, or Black-eyed Susan Vine, is a common houseplant.
- This is probably because it is easy to propagate from stem cuttings and, therefore, easy for owners to pass along a piece of the plant.
- A native of Africa, the vine needs warm temperatures but also requires shelter from the hottest rays of the sun.
- Stems and leaves are green and flowers are usually a deep yellow, white or orange with black centers.
- There are also red, salmon and ivory flowered varieties.
- Black-eyed Susan is a fast-growing vine that needs a vertical stand or trellis to support the plant.
- The vines twine around themselves and anchor the plant to vertical structures.
- You will get the most flowers and the healthiest plants if you plant your black-eyed Susan vines in full sun.
- The exception is in hot, dry climates, where growing the plants in partial afternoon shade is recommended.
- Although the vines don’t like sitting in wet soil, they also don’t like being hot and dry.
- Aim to keep them moderately moist.
- Mulching around the base of the plants will keep the roots cool and moist, without fear of rotting.
- Black-eyed Susan vine likes a fairly neutral soil pH of around 6.5 and a soil rich in organic matter.
- When setting out plants, work several inches of compost into the soil, if it is not sufficiently rich to start with.
- Black-eyed Susan vines are quick growing and bloom repeatedly throughout the summer.
- That means they will get hungry and will need a light feeding every four to six weeks with a complete fertilizer to keep them growing strong.
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