Torenia flowers also called as Wishbone flowers or Clown Flowers or Bluewings can be easily grown in warm climates. Temperatures above 10 degrees celsius (above 50 degrees fahrenheit) are suitable for these plants. In Pune (market), India seeds of Torenia are not easliy available. But if you buy the plant from a plant nursery you can easily collect the seeds once the plant flowers. The seeds need sunlight to germinate hence you just need to place them on the soil. Seeds take about 10 days to germinate. Torenia plants thrive in sunlight and also need a moist soil. Torenia plants are usually available from June to December in plant nursery. Some of the nurseries on Pune Solapur road where you can buy Torenia are Rose Nursery Pune Solapur road, Sunjay Nursery Pune Solapur Road.
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Torenia Flowers or Wishbone Flowers or Clown Flowers do attract bees. This blue banded bee is a frequent visitor to our garden in Hadapsar Pune. Most bees are fuzzy and carry an electrostatic charge, which aids in the adherence of pollen. The female has four bands; the male has five complete bands that are brighter blue in color to attract female bees. In size, blue banded bees can grow to 0.39–0.47 in. An interesting fact about bees—-In New Zealand scientists discovered that three genera of native bees have evolved to open flower buds of the native mistletoe Peraxilla tetrapetala.
Torenia or Wishbone flower plants or Clown flower plants thrive in summer and even during monsoon (In India). But at temperatures below 12 degrees Centigrade or 50 degrees Fahrenheit Torenia has a hard time to survive. In most of the Indian cities the climate is favorable for Torenia to grow. In case the temperatures are below 12 degrees Centigrade or 50 degrees Fahrenheit you can bring them indoor temporarily. But remember Torenia needs sunlight to thrive. Torenia comes in various colors for example Torenia Purple Moon, Rose Moon, Violet Moon, Punky Violet Moon, Roslyn Moon, Midnight Moon, White Moon, Indigo Moon, Blue Moon and Pink Moon.
Pink Torenia/Wishbone/Clown Flowers
Torenia Flower Seeds or Wishbone Flower Seeds / Clown Flower seeds can be easily collected from the Torenia flower plant. Once the flower ripens and drops, let the ovary which contains seeds of the plant dry off. Do not pluck the bottom of the flower when its color is green. Once the color becomes yellowish and feels dry, then you can pluck it and remove the seeds. Pictures of the seeds of the Torenia plant are given below. The seeds of Torenia plant/Wishbone Flower / Clown Flower resemble fine sand grains.
Growing Torenia In Your Garden
Also known as the Wishbone flowers or Clown flowers. In India Torenia bloom throughout the year. Torenia seeds need sunlight to germinate. Average life of the plant is about 3 months. Once the flowers bloom, they remain fresh for about 3 days on the plant. The flower then dries and falls off. You can then collect the seeds. The covering of the seeds dries of in about a weeks time and this makes small seeds fall on the ground. Torenia come in various colors. Torenia are available in plant nurseries in Pune.
Light: Full Sun, Partly Shade
Height 6 to 8 Inches
Width 6 Inches
Soil: Well drained soil