Black Eyed Susans
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What to do with black eyed Susan vine end of autumn

Zone Tn56by UK | Anonymous added on October 30, 2018 | Answered

What must I do when my Black Eyed Susan vine starts to die off now that winter is coming. Dig it up leave to die out or what??? Thanks Sandra Walters

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MichiganDot
Answered on October 31, 2018

Black eyed susan vine, Thunbergia, is native to Africa and there it is a perennial vine. You have 4 main options at this point in autumn. 1. save some seed; 2. take tip cuttings and root them; 3. trim it back keeping it as a houseplant over winter; or assign it to the compost pile. If you are growing a fine hybrid Thunbergia, just be aware that seeds will not recreate all of the hybrid's characteristics. If you decide to take it indoors as a houseplant, don't expect it to flower while inside and it may get rather ragged looking without supplemental light. After all danger of frost has passed in spring, back to the garden it goes. Your choice!

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