by aditya abhishek
Tithonia also known as Mexican Sunflower is a genus of annual, draught tolerant, summer flowering plants that you can grow in your garden.
Mexican sunflower flowering plant can grow well in warm tropical to sub-tropical climate. You can sow seeds from January to June to grow this plant.
Well draining, sandy soil is ideal for growing this plant. Prepare potting mix with 40% soil + 40% compost + 20% river sand.
Plant them at a spot where they can receive bright, direct sunlight throughout the day. Avoid keeping them in low light condition.
They are draught tolerant, hence can survive without watering for longer time. But, if the top layer of the soil seems dry then you should apply water to keep this plant in healthy condition.
Mexican sunflower does not require heavy feeding. You can apply one handful of dung manure + 1 teaspoon bonemeal every month to promote plant growth & flowering.
You can propagate Tithonia from seeds. Sow seeds in germination tray or paper cups, apply water and keep them under indirect sunlight. Within a week, seeds will germinate.
Not only are Tithonia Torch Red Flowers beautiful, but they are also beneficial to pollinators such as bees and butterflies. They attract them to the garden.
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