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Sunflowers

Helianthus annuus. Originally a North American native, it is said that the Mormons strew Sunflower seeds along their journey to Utah so that others could follow their sunny path months later. Easy to grow in bright sunlight, our varieties have smaller centers and unusual color combinations. Direct-sow in well-draining soil with good sunlight every three weeks after the last spring frost date for continual blooms throughout the summer. Bee friendly. Deer resistant. Annual.

Average seed life: 5 years.

Snacking Sunflower Mixture

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65 days. These 5'-tall Sunflowers can be grown for their vibrant yellow, 8”-wide flowers alone, but their jumbo seeds are what makes them truly special, large enough for snacking and for feeding the local birds. The mix contains both single-stemmed and branching varieties and makes a wonderful hedge. To harvest for snacking, wait until the petals begin to dry and fall, the base of the flower begins to turn yellow and brown and the seeds are plump and beginning to loosen from the head. Cut the flower from the stem with about an inch of stem and then rub the seeds from the head with your fingers. Roast the seeds for 30-40 minutes at 300°F, checking every 10 minutes or so until they're perfect.

One packet of about 100 seeds

Average seed life: 3 years.
Catalog #4190
$4.25
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Availability: In stock

$4.25

Gardening Tips

Snacking Sunflower Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/2”
Row Spacing:4”-5”
Plant Spacing:12”-24”
Days to Germination: 7-14 days
Germination Temperature:65°-85°F

Helianthus annuus. Easy to grow in full sunlight, Sunflowers should be sown in well-draining, loamy soil after the danger of frost has passed. Plant the seeds 1⁄2" deep and keep the seedbed uniformly moist until the seedlings emerge, about 10 days after sowing. Weed carefully and keep well-watered until established. You may also start Sunflowers indoors 3 weeks before the last frost date. Plant seeds 1⁄2" deep in pots of seed-starting mix at 65° to 85°F. Provide even moisture, strong light and good ventilation. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, thin or transplant them 12" to 24" apart in the garden. To harvest for snacking, wait until the seeds are plump and beginning to loosen from the head. Cut the flower from the stem and then rub the seeds from the head with your fingers. Roast the seeds at 300°F, checking every 10 minutes or so until perfect.

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