Common Name: Mexican sunflower
Skill Level: Experienced
Exposure: Full sun
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Soil type: Well-drained/light
Time to plant seeds: April to May
Time to plant: May to June
Though not as commonly grown as some summer bedding plants such as petunias or marigolds, the Mexican sunflower is a useful plant for adding height to displays, standing up to 1.8m (6ft) tall. The bright orange flowers appear from late summer to early autumn and last well when cut for the vase. Grow seed at 13C to 18C (55C to 64F) in mid- to late spring. Wait until after the danger of frosts has passed before planting out in a sunny, well-drained spot in the garden. Protect plants from slugs and snails.
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