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811352024497

Sunflower, Mammoth Grey Stripe Organic Seeds
by: sow seeds


Item 81135202449
Our Price: $2.75
 

Long-blooming, large-headed, archetypal giant sunflower. Easy to grow. Sturdy 6-12' stalks with big yellow-petaled flowers. Often grown for their meaty seeds, good for roasting or bird seed. Direct seed in full sun after danger of frost.


Family: Asteraceae

Species: Helianthus annuus

Difficulty: easy to grow

Sun: full sun

Sowing Method: direct seed only

Planting: plant after last frost

Frost Tolerance: frost sensitive

Qualities: attracts birds, easy to grow, edible seed, long-blooming, tall, yellow


Sunflowers are a delight of the summer garden whether grown for the nutritious seed, cut flowers or as a cheery ornamental. Also planted as the "Fourth Sister" in Native American tradition because it provides a sturdier trellis for vining beans than corn. They range in size from giants over 12' high with one large flower, to mid-sized (under 10') and smaller (2-4') with one or multiple flowers on each stem. Their colors range from light lemon yellow to dark burgundy with some varieties that combine both. Native American tribes have grown Sunflowers for more than 3000 years.

Growing: A frost sensitive annual, sunflowers like to be planted in fertile, well-amended soil in full sun. Plant sunflowers south of any crops that need shading, or on the northern end of the garden. Direct seed after danger of frost. Plant Seeds: Direct seed 1" deep with 4 - 6" between seeds, in rows 8-24" apart, depending on the variety. Soil Temp: 65 - 85?F. Days to Emergence: 5-12. Thin To/Mature Plant Spacing: 8-12". Days to Harvest: 80-120 days. Seed Viability: 4-6 years. Antagonists: Cabbage and Potatoes.
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