I am on a one woman quest to make the Black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata) as popular as the super-needy impatiens or the mundane marigolds.
Are you with me?
They. Are. Gorgeous. Period.
Nothing more to say about them except they are non-invasive and grow like weeds. Polite weeds that stay within their bounds.
They don’t run all over the place like some “loose” vines trying to spread their demon seed across the universe. Nope, they are just happy to bloom where they are planted.
Seriously, if you’ve never tried one of these you are missing out.
How To Grow Black-Eyed Susan Vine:
- Hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12 (for example, southern Florida, Hawaii, etc)
- Grown as a annual in cooler hardiness zones (I grow mine as an annual in Ohio)
- Prefers full sun with light afternoon shade
- Water regularly (if grown in a hanging basket do not let the pot dry out)
- A trellis or stake will be needed, because they sort of go nuts
- Can be grown from seed by starting indoors 6-8 weeks prior to last frost date or sow outside when soil temps rise above 60 degrees – plants normally emerge 10-14 days after planting
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UPDATE: I get quite a few people emailing me about where they can buy Black-eyed Susan vines. I buy mine locally, but considering you all don’t live right around the block from me, I did find the seeds for sale online here.