Alata Sunny Susy Apricot, also known as Black-Eyed Susan Vine, is a tender perennial native to Africa. Volmary developed this cultivar for early flowering and a wide range of colors. This plant offers a trailing, vining habit of 10-12" tall and 18-20" wide, covered with dark-eyed peach flowers from May through October. Typically grown as an annual, Thunbergia Alata is perennial in zone 10-11. This plant flourishes in full or partial sun with daily water, attracting pollinators to the landscape. Self-cleaning and heat-tolerant, adorn a trellis, arbor, window box, hanging basket, or mixed container with this striking tropical beauty. Create color contrast by growing Apricot alongside Pink Beauty and White Black Eye.
Alata Sunny Susy Apricot Selling Tips
Sell Alata Sunny Susy Apricot to customers looking for a low-maintenance annual or tender perennial vine. This plant offers self-cleaning, profuse blooms from May through October. It requires little more than regular water to flourish in a sunny or partly shady garden or container. Deck out a trellis in color, bring a tropical flair to a hanging basket, or finish a cottage garden in style by growing Sunny Susy. Bees and butterflies adore this plant. Create a lush tropical landscape by pairing this plant with Tibouchina, Sanvitalia, Banana, and Elephant Ears. Bring whimsy to a cottage garden by growing this plant alongside Salvia, Angelonia, and Summer Phlox.
Coach Your Customer
1. Space plants 8-12" apart in well-drained soil in full or partial sun.
2. In zone 10-11, this plant flourishes as a perennial. In colder regions, grow it as an annual.
3. Water regularly, daily in high heat or drought. This plant prefers humid, tropical conditions.
General Growing Tips For Your Rooted Cutting Liner
For best results with Alata Sunny Susy Apricot, plant one rooted plug per 4-inch container, two or three per 6-inch container, or three to five per 10-inch container. Use well-drained soil with a pH of 5.8-6.2, medium feed (175-225 ppm N), light intensity of 5,000-8,000 fc, and temperatures of 71-79 daytime and 59-64 nighttime. Don't pinch or use PGRs. You may see aphids, whiteflies, spider mites, and leafminers. Root rot can develop in overly wet conditions.
Dark-eyed peach flowers bloom from May through October.
This plant doesn't require pinching.
Space plants so sunlight can reach the soil level of each container.
Don't use PGRs. Height is best controlled by proper fertilizing, providing maximum light, growing plants on the dry side, and spacing containers rather than crowding them.
You may see aphids, whiteflies, spider mites, and leafminers.
This plant isn't prone to disease but root rot can develop in overly wet conditions. Thunbergia Alata requires consistent moisture, but allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Water at the base of the plant in the morning. Provide good airflow in your greenhouse and space containers to allow air and sunlight to reach the soil level of each plant.
Planting Alata Sunny Susy Apricot Liners
We recommend planting one rooted liner per 4-inch container, two or three per 6-inch, or three to five per 10-inch. Completely bury the ellepot, evenly spaced or centered in the containers.
Rooted Cuttings Cuttings vary in size between different plant families. These rooted starter plants will arrive ready to be transplanted in to your final container. If they are to be used in a landscape application, you will need to establish them in a 4 inch pot or an 1801 before planting outside.
Thunbergia Alata Sunny Susy Apricot Quick Reference Guide
|4 Inch crop time||10-11 Weeks|
|10 Inch crop time||10-12 Weeks|
|Bloom Period||Fall, Spring, Summer|
|Light||Full Sun, Partial Sun|
|Perennial Zone||Zones 10-11|