Growing Lemon Drop Torenias (in Mid Tn)

Mount Juliet, TN(Zone 7a)

Hi. This is the first time Ive purchased Torenias. The tag says 4-8 hours of sun. I purchased them because I had read that they were a shade / partial late day sun plant. Seems that every website says something different. Right now I have a few in a pot that gets morn/afternoon sun and several others are planted in beds that receive a small amount of filtered sun later in the day. Wondering where theyre supposed to be planted?? I live in Mid Tn, close to Nashville. Summers are pretty hot and the sun can be scorching. Any advice? Thank You. (I only have 2 types of beds - two get partial filtered sunlight and the rest have full sun all day).

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Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

Very pretty Torenias :)

Torenias are shade annuals. IMO they should not get afternoon sun at all. Filtered/dappled shade is a great environment and they should do fine in morning sun as well. I have grown them for a few years now since I refuse to plant regular impatiens. I usually mix torenia with New Guinea impatiens.

Mount Juliet, TN(Zone 7a)

Sequoiadendron4 Thank You for the reply. I appreciate it. I meant to write "partial late morning sun" flower. Not "late day sun". I guess thats what happens when you cant type as fast as your thinking. ha. The mix you suggest must be pretty. May have to do. Need a few more partial/shade plants! The ones I put in a pot by the back door are in morning sun and they are bigger than the shade ones. But I dont have any other places that only get a.m sun and doubt my husband wants to till up a new bed! Hopefully the shade plants will catch up on growth. Guess I could feed em Miracle Grow. Thanks again for the info. Have a good day.

Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

Surely, anytime! Happy gardening :)

North Brunswick Town, NJ(Zone 7a)

Wow, that is a beautiful flower! I'm sorry I don't have any advice for you but it seems you just got the best advice anyway :-)
Just had to reply though after seeing that pic. It's gorgeous! I love the color contrast, what a nice flower. Every time I see something new or something I like I want to plant them, I think if I don't stop I will turn over my entire yard, lol!
Well, keep on growing that looks great! Best,
Danny

Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

That's ok dannyboy, grass is overrated anyway :) That's what they make public parks for!

Mount Juliet, TN(Zone 7a)

DannyBoy91 Thanks for the message!! It is a pretty little flower. Ive never seen this type before. I cant believe they come in so many colors. Im going to have to have my husband make some more shade beds! Im sure he'll love that. ha. I agree with Sequoiadendron4..."grass is overrated...". Besides, that would mean less to mow! ha. Thanks again. Have a good day.

Staten Island, NY(Zone 6a)

Lias42Tn, That is a beautiful and unusual color Torenia ,I have the purple and white one and they have been reseeding for me for 2 years now, They were planted in full sun and every year the pot is crowded with seedlings.I transplanted them everywhere I find a spot .These are last year pictures, #1 is mixed with snaps #2 is the pot in full sun where they reseeded, #3 are ones I gave to my neighbor.

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Staten Island, NY(Zone 6a)

Forgot that I have pink and white too.

Mount Juliet, TN(Zone 7a)

cytf I am so sorry Ive taken this long to reply!! I love your purple and white Torenias! I bet the pink and white is also pretty. I planted some in a pot that gets morning sun and then indirect sun the rest of the day. These are huge!! The ones I planted in a bed gets indirect light throughout the afternoon, but mostly shade. These plants have barely grown. In fact they look pitiful!! Do you know how to save the seeds from these flowers?? I would love to have some for next year, especially if I dont have to buy them!! Thanks again. Have a good night.

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

If I may ask, where did you buy them, Lisa42?

Staten Island, NY(Zone 6a)

Hi Lisa42Tn, I have seeds that I can send to you . I collected them when the petals fall off and the capsule dries. Send me a DMail so you can have them in time for next year,

Staten Island, NY(Zone 6a)

Hi Cville-Gardener, I bought them a while ago at Lowes.

Mount Juliet, TN(Zone 7a)

Cville_Gardener Hi. I got them at Needhams Nursery here in Mt Juliet. Theyre family owned/operated. Have you heard of them? Have a good day!

Mount Juliet, TN(Zone 7a)

Cytf Hi. Will do. By the way, do you have to wait until the seed pod falls off or just dries out to collect seeds? Have a good day!

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

No, I haven't. Looks like a neat place!

Mount Juliet, TN(Zone 7a)

Cville_Gardener and cytf Im sorry about not seeing your post until this morning. I thought I had my account set to notify me but maybe I did it wrong. Ive been having problems with my gmail app. Ive uninstalled and reinstalled a few times this week but its still messed up! Dont know what else to do...unless I go back to the old gmail app. Just wanted to let you know I wasnt ignoring messages. Hope you both have a good day.

Mount Juliet, TN(Zone 7a)

Cville_Gardener I wrote about them someplace in the "Products and Sources"....I think. This site has so many different things that sometimes I cant remember where everything is or how to get back to a post!! ha.

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

I know what you mean. Thanks for the info.

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