Thunbergia Seeds - Alata Mix
- Seed Count: 1000 Seeds
- Maturity Date: 50-60 Days after Transplanting
- Plant Height: Varies, usually 6-8 Feet Tall
- Flower Colors: Includes Orange, Yellow, and White with a Dark Center
- Growth Habit: Climbing Vine
- Sunlight Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Soil Preference: Well-Drained Soil
- Versatility: Great for Trellises, Fences, and Hanging Baskets
History: Originating in East Africa, Thunbergia, commonly known as Black-Eyed Susan Vine, has a long history of charming gardeners around the globe. It is named after Carl Peter Thunberg, an 18th-century Swedish naturalist. Over the years, the plant has been bred to include a variety of flower colors, culminating in mixes such as the Alata Mix. This mix brings together a range of captivating hues—orange, yellow, and white—all marked with the vine's characteristic dark center. The Alata Mix is a celebration of the Thunbergia's storied past, offering a delightful blend that pays homage to its diverse origins.
Uses: Thunbergia Alata Mix is incredibly versatile, able to adorn a multitude of spaces both indoors and outdoors. Its climbing habit makes it ideal for covering trellises, fences, or archways. With its multiple flower colors, it can serve as the focal point in any floral arrangement or garden setting. The dark centers of its flowers are particularly attractive to pollinators like bees and butterflies, making it an excellent choice for gardens aiming to boost local biodiversity. Additionally, their blooms can be cut and brought indoors, serving as a vibrant and long-lasting floral arrangement.
Growth Habit and Planting Instructions: Thunbergia Alata Mix is a climbing vine, typically reaching heights of 6 to 8 feet. Given its rapid growth, it can quickly cover any structure it's guided to climb. Plant the seeds in well-drained soil, preferably in an area receiving full sun to partial shade. Sow seeds approximately 1/4 inch deep, spaced 6 to 8 inches apart, in rows 18 inches apart. Germination usually occurs within 10-15 days. Regular watering is essential, especially during dry periods, but be cautious not to overwater as Thunbergia prefers soil that is moist but not soggy. Support structures like trellises or fences are strongly recommended to guide the plant's growth. Once established, this low-maintenance vine will add an explosion of color to your garden, enhancing its overall aesthetic and offering a habitat for pollinators.