Growing Torenia (Bluewings, Wishbone Flower)

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These pretty, low growing, self seeding annuals are easy to grow. This is a page about growing torenia (bluewings, wishbone flower).


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Botanical Name: Torenia fournieri
Life Cycle: annuals, self-sowing
Planting Time: spring
Height: 8" to 12"
Exposure: partial to full shade
Soil: well-drained, nutrient rich soil that is neutral or mildly acidic
Hardiness: n/a
Bloom Time: continuously from summer and fall
Flower: blue, white, pink and purple combinations, sometimes with a yellow or white spot on central petals
Foliage: green
Propagation: seeds, self-sowing
Suggested Use: edging, beds, rock gardens, pots, containers, and borders
Growing Hints: Seeds are tiny, slow growing and best started indoors 10 weeks before last frost date. Cover seeds lightly with soil. Transplant seedlings 6 to 8 inches apart. Keep plant moist (not wet) and apply fertilizer on a regular basis throughout their extensive flowering period. Deadhead if you want to avoid seedlings the second season. Grow best in zones 8-11.
Interesting Facts: Smaller Torenia varieties are somewhat more fragile that larger varieties. They can be potted and brought in as houseplants in the winter.
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