Bidens

Bidens aurea is a short lived perennial is generally grown as a half hardy annual in the UK.

It is a vigorous trailing annual that is an ideal plant for borders, baskets and a wild garden area.

Bright golden-yellow flowers appear in June / July and continue flowering until the first frosts.

It needs to be grown in a moisture retentative soil, and in full sunlight.

Plants will grow up to 900mm (36") high with a similar spread.

They are susceptible to aphid attacks and powdery mildew.

Cultivation notes:

Week 16: Sow seed in trays of seed compost and germinate at a temperature of 18°- 20°C (64°-68°F)

Germination should take about 4-5 days.

Week 18-19: Prick out seedlings into 50mm (2") cell trays or 50mm (2") apart in boxes of multi-purpose compost.

circa Week 22: When all fear of late frost has passed plant out in light, poor, free-draining soil in full sun or partial shade.

Pinching out tops at this time will encourage branching.

Week 38: Take tip cuttings, and once they have rooted, grow on at a minimum of 4°C (40°F)





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