12 to 14' tall flowers follow sun, tasty seeds make perfect snack
This choice strain of traditional mammoth sunflower has been reselected and saved by generations of seed savers for handsome, strong plants that reach 12 to 14' tall to follow the sun. Each stalk is topped with a beautiful golden flower face with a dark center disk. When petals drop and the seeds mature, harvest the heads of plump kernels for a bountiful crop of sunflower seeds for fiber-rich, tasty, snacks or as a welcome feast for songbirds.Asteraceae Helianthus annuus
These beautiful exuberant plants can reach 12' in height or more and produce flowers a foot across.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 75-90 (Spring/Summer), 90-100 (Fall/Winter)
- Growing Habit
- Half Hardy
Sunflowers will tolerate light frost.
- Spring Transplant, Spring, Summer
- Growing Season
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Warm, Hot
Sunflowers needs rich soil for good growth. They prefer full sun (though they will tolerate light shade). The taller varieties need shelter from the wind and should be placed where they won't cast unwanted shade on other plants.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 55°F - 95°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Don't plant out until the soil is at least 50˚ F (and preferably 60˚ F).
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Warm, Hot)
Sunflowers are thirsty plants and for maximum production they need a constant supply of water.
Low nitrogen. High phosphorus. High potassium. Sunflowers like phosphorus and potassium, but not too much nitrogen as it may encourage leaf growth rather than flowering.
- High heat, Needs lots of space
- Small Gardens?
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile