New! Cheerful companion to Teddy Bear.
Uniform, branching variety produces 3–5" fully double, fluffy blooms. Great for garden beds, container plantings, and short-stemmed cut flowers. Compared to Teddy Bear, Gummy Bear has lighter yellow coloring, is a bit taller, and is several days later to bloom. Flower form and habit are comparable. Blooms produce minimal pollen. Ht. 36–48". Avg. 500 seeds/oz. Packet: 50 seeds.
DAYS TO GERMINATION:7-14 days at 70-75°F (21-24°C).
SOWING:Direct seed (recommended) — Sow after last frost in groups of 3-4 seeds, 1/2" deep. Thin to one plant when true leaves appear. Transplant — Sow in final container, placing 1 seed per 6" pot or 3 seeds per gallon container, 3-4 weeks prior to planting out. Dislikes root disturbance. If transplanting to beds, wait for 3-4 true leaves to appear.
GROWING ON:Grow at 70-80°F (21-27°C) during the day and 50-60°F (10-16°C) at night. Warmer temperatures cause stretching; cooler temperatures cause plants to be more dwarf.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS:Light, well-drained soil of low to moderate fertility.
PLANT SPACING:8-12". Space plants so that leaves do not touch. Crowding promotes taller growth and weaker stems.
HARVEST:Fresh: Harvest when flowers are just beginning to open. Dried: Flowers are completely open. Hang or use silica gel.
USES:Excellent in containers or for mass plantings.
SCIENTIFIC NAME:Helianthus annus