Mexican Sunflowers | Orange Red Ornamental Flowers For Gardens
If you love a bright and colourful garden with lots of showy flowers, then planting the orange reddish Mexican sunflowers also known as Tithonia Rotundifolia Torch is a great option. They are also one of the easiest plants to grow with very less efforts as they propagate really fast by themselves.
I have grown them in my home, and in every summer new plants grew from the seeds in the soil. In fact, new plants can grow up in few weeks time and start flowering. The flowers are bright in colour with a yellow centre and the petals are really smooth and silky if you touch.
I have always loved these flowers as they are so pretty and they also bring me beautiful childhood memories. The flowers have a very mild and unique fragrance which I love.
The scientific name for this beautiful Mexican sunflower plant is Tithonia rotundifolia Torch.
Mexican sunflowers can refer to few other species too, but here we are discussing the species that produce the bright orange red flowers.
As I mentioned above, their scientific name is Tithonia rotundifolia Torch and they are thought to be native to Mexico, Florida, Louisiana, Central America and West Indies.However, these plants can adapt well to warm, tropical and subtropical climates in other places too.
Growing the Tithonia rotundifolia Torch Plants
Growing the Mexican sunflower plants in a garden is rather easy, even if you are not very much into gardening. Here you can read some easy instructions to follow if you love to grow them in your garden.
Mexican sunflower plants grow well in warm and mildly colder temperatures.
The best way to grow these plants is by sowing the dried seeds in well drained
soil. You can either sow them directly in the soil or you can sow the seeds in
containers or pots. The plants are relatively small and usually reach a height
of about five to six feet or even smaller.
The new plants germinate with in few days of sowing.
The plants grow quickly and start flowering with in few weeks. You do not have to use
any fertilizers as they grow fast and produce lots of flowers even without the
help of any fertilizers. Make sure you water them regularly.
In ideal situations, the plants produce maximum number of flowers in full
exposure to sun. But in shades also, they produce flowers. In fact, I have never
seen a Mexican sunflower plant that had no flowers in it!
If the plants are in warm weather conditions and if they receive proper care like enough watering, they usually produce flowers all year long. The older plants gradually die and new
ones germinate from the seeds.
If you live in places that have much colder temperatures or frost, they may not survive the cold weather but new sprouts usually emerge from the seeds during late spring or summer. So you can enjoy the beautiful flowers all along the summer till late fall season.
You can also grow these plants indoors during the winter season, but they may produce less flowers due to the less exposure to sunlight. In that case, you may try using artificial lighting.
The stems of Mexican sunflower plants look really silky and smooth just like the flower petals, but they are rather weak and hollow inside. So in case of strong winds, they may fall off. Make sure that you can take enough care to protect the plants from the winds.
The Mexican sunflower plants naturally propagate themselves from the seeds, but you may also
collect the seeds and sow as you need. These cannot be grown from stem cuttings. You can easily propagate them by sowing the seeds or by using new plants.
They are not known to be affected by any diseases of serious concerns.
Mexican Sunflowers can attract butterflies and humming birds to your garden.
Where Can You Find The Seeds For Mexican Sunflowers?
If you have seen this beautiful plant anywhere, it will most usually have dried seeds in it once few flowers have fallen from the plant. You may also see new smaller plants near by. If you can't find it anywhere, you may buy the seeds from Amazon.
The Yellow Variety Of Mexican Sunflowers
We are talking about the bright red or orange sunflowers, but there is also a popular species that produce bright and beautiful yellow flowers!
The Use Of Mexican Sunflowers In Decorations
The bright and colourful red Mexican sunflowers can look great when used for decorations. They usually look fresh for even more than a week, which make them a good choice in floral decorations.
Since the flowers last longer, you can keep them in vases inside your home for a fantastic and unique look.
The use of these flowers in bouquets and other flower arrangements may be quite difficult as the stems are hollow and weak, and you may not be able to tie them along with other flowers easily. But they definitely look stunning when you put them in a flower vase, as the flowers look fresh and beautiful for several days!