|Latin name:||Bidens 'Taka Tuka'|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as container plant|
|Guarantee:||6 months growth and flowering guarantee|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Flowering:||May - November|
|Growing Height:||30 - 40 cm|
|Planting distance:||30 - 40 cm|
Plant abundantly flowering Bidens a.s.a.p. upon receipt, in the garden or into a pot/planter. Make a hole and improve poor garden soil with compost or potting soil. Plant out at 20 cm intervals. Fill the pots up with soil then press well in or heel well into the garden. Water immediately. Always use fresh potting compost in a pot. If kept in a nice sunny spot, your Bidens will treat you to a wealth of blooms all summer long.
Bidens - beautiful in pots and hanging baskets
A Bidens plant is ideal great for filling plant pots and planters, window boxes and hanging baskets. You can plant the young plants close to each other in fresh potting compost. They go great with Lobelia, hanging pelargoniums and Verbena.
Beds and Borders
Bidens is really popular in hanging baskets but it makes a terrific bedding plant too! Try filling a bed with these summer flowering plants. Or use colourful Bidens to line the edge of your garden path.
Tip: When all the spring flowering plants are over, Bidens fills those empty spaces in beds and borders just perfectly. Can even flower right into July!
Water extra in during dry periods. Keep the bed free of weeds and your Bidens plants will thrive. This is a very undemanding plant but none of them like to stand in the wet. Although all Bidens will thrive even in poor soil, a regular feed will encourage your Bidens to flower abundantly. During the flowering period add plant food to your watering can every fortnight. Snip off overblown flowers regularly and your Bidens will produce even more flowers. This plant will be in full bloom from June to the first frosts.
Tickseed sunflowers or burr marigolds (Bidens) are annuals that grow to 30-50 cm high, although compact growing varieties grow to 20-30 cm high. This plant originated in all the tropical areas around the world.
Bidens is classified under the aster family (Asteraceae) and the sunflower family (Compositae). Either names are fitting and are used.
Bidens is derived from the Latin ‘bi’ (two) and dentate (tooth). Each seed of a plant of this genus has so-called teeth on the top. This means the seed will easily attach to an animal’s coat (or indeed to a human’s socks or trousers), helping to spread the seed around.