Sunflower Flower Seeds Packet

$2.35

SKU: SESUNF
Barcode: 843458152811

Bright and cheerful, sunflowers evoke summer joy with their vibrant orange petals and contrasting dark central disk. Plus, they boast a long vase life, adding lasting beauty to any arrangement.

  • Plant Type: Annual
  • Genus: Helianthus
  • Species: Annus
  • Plant Height/Width: 60-72"
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Difficulty: Easy

Step One: Timing

When to start?

  • after last frost

Step Two: Starting

Where to start and how to sow?

  • Direct sow (recommended): after last frost, sow 1/2" 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. Do not pinch plants. Pinched single-stem sunflowers will produce low-quality blooms or no blooms at all.

Step Three: Growing

How to keep happy?

  • Sunflowers are usually problem-free. Plant early enough so that autumn frosts do not cut your sunflowers’ life cycle short. Too much rainfall before and after germination can cause the seeds to rot or bring on downy mildew.
  • Be sure to seed after the rainy season to avoid this. They are nitrogen loving so use a good nitrogen fertilizer.

Sunflower

In the garden, amidst lush foliage, stand sunflowers with their striking orange petals encircling a dark disk. These giants boast impressive 10-inch golden blooms, reaching maturity by mid-summer from seed. Cultivating sunflowers is straightforward: choose a sunny, sheltered spot with nutrient-rich soil, supplementing with well-rotted manure or compost if needed. Guard against slugs and snails in their early stages, watering consistently. In exposed areas, consider staking for support. Regular watering is crucial, especially when aiming for height, accompanied by weekly feedings of nitrogen-rich fertilizer to foster vertical growth. Some taller varieties may require additional staking. Sunflowers, beloved for their simplicity in cultivation, are perfect for involving children in gardening endeavors. These towering beauties, ascending up to 3 meters, adorn gardens and allotments with their enduring blooms, also serving as stunning cut flowers, enhancing any arrangement.

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Stake your plant

Sunflowers grow tall with large flowers, making it wise to stake them to prevent toppling in windy conditions.

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Stake your plant

Sunflowers grow tall with large flowers, making it wise to stake them to prevent toppling in windy conditions.

The Brief and Glorious History of the Sunflower

The sunflower boasts a rich history spanning over 4,500 years! Originating in North America, its cultivation flourished in Russia. Remarkably, it matures in just 100 days post-planting. Tsar Peter the Great's intrigue with Dutch sunflowers led to their introduction in Russia, popularized due to the loophole they provided during Lent, being exempt from Orthodox Church restrictions. By the 19th century, Russia cultivated two million acres annually. Russian immigrants to the US in the 19th century reintroduced advanced sunflower seeds, reigniting interest in the indigenous plant. Missouri's 1946 sunflower oil production catalyzed American sunflower farming. Sunflowers exhibit heliotropism, tracking the sun's path throughout the day. Native American and Mexican cultures valued sunflowers medicinally for soothing chest pain and treating various ailments, showcasing its enduring significance across cultures.