New! Vibrant, long-blooming mix.
Produces more flowers and blooms for a longer period than any other mix in our trials. Nicely sized 4–5" blooms. Well-branched plants produce 15–45" long stems. Earlier to flower and more compact than Autumn Beauty. Good choice for garden beds, farmscaping, and casual bouquets. Blooms produce a small amount of pollen.
• Edible Flowers: Flower buds can be fried, and the petals used as a garnish in salads and desserts; the flavor is bittersweet.
Ht. 60–84". Avg. 600 seeds/oz. Packet: 50 seeds.
DAYS TO GERMINATION:7-14 days at 70-75°F (21-24°C)
SOWING:Direct seed (recommended) – After last frost, sow ½" deep. Transplant – Sow into 72 to 50-cell flats 2-3 weeks prior to planting out. Plants dislike root disturbance but sowing indoors and then transplanting the first crop outdoors can be a successful way to get first-early sunflowers. Pinching branching varieties is recommended to encourage branching and longer stems. Succession-sow every 2-3 weeks and/or plant multiple varieties for continued harvest.
HARVEST:Flowers can be harvested tight, when color first shows, or when almost completely open, depending on your market and preferred use. Dried – Flowers are completely open. Hang or use silica gel.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS:Light, well-drained soil. Excessive nitrogen may cause plants to grow too vigorously with abnormal flower shapes.
USES:Excellent cut flower. Single stem sunflowers can make a beautiful and reliable display in the garden but please note that they will only provide one bloom form each plant.
NOTES:Flower size and stem diameter are controlled by plant spacing, temperature, soil type, and day length. For early and late season production, select varieties that are day-length neutral or are noted as suitable for flowering under short days.