Gardening Tips & Flowers : How to Grow Black-Eyed Susan Vine (Thunbergia Alata)

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segmentwe're going to learn all about the Black Eyed Susan vine, or Thunbergia Alata.

Now, theBlack Eyed Susan vine is not a Black Eyed Susan in any way.

It is not a Rudbeckia Hirta,it's not related to Echinacea.

It's a totally different plant.

It grows on a vine, so it'snot like a daisy; it's a very different plant.

The Black Eyed Susan vine, or the ThunbergiaAlata was named after the Swedish botanist, Dr.

Carl Peter Thunberg, who collected itin Africa and Japan.

Now, it's native to Africa, and to the tropical areas, so the northernpart of Africa, so it does really well in warm climates.

It does not want to go belowfifty degrees, so you want to dig it up, or don't start it in the seeds in the groundtill after it's fifty degrees outside.

So, the Thunbergia likes really filtered sunlight.

They don't want full, hot sun.

They grow best in part shade, but really a hot shade, sounder a patio, or along the fence or the house where the afternoon sun is just a little bitshaded, because if they get that hot afternoon sun sometimes they get sunburned.

So, theyare jungle plant.

They like to grow in the jungle.

They like a little bit of a canopyon top of em', but yet they really want it warm, and very moist and humid.

So, they'rea little bit of a challenge if you live in a cold climate, but if you start em' indoorsby seed early and get em' going, and then put em' outside when it's over fifty degreesat night continuously then they will grow into this gorgeous vine with little BlackEyed Susan flowers all over it.

They'll bloom through the fall till' ever, till' it freezesagain.

And then, just cut em' back and either try to save em' inside, but most of the timesthey're a annual and they'll die back, and then you just start em' by seed again in thespring.

They're a beautiful plant.

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