Southern growers prefer this variety for winter production.
4-6" blooms have classic sunflower coloring of golden petals and dark brown disk. Best for winter production in the South as the plants are much taller in the summer. Also known as common sunflower and annual sunflower. Pollenless and day neutral. Ht. 70-80". Avg. 425 seeds/oz. Packet: 50 seeds.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days at 70-75°F (21-24°C).
SOWING: Direct seed (recommended): After the last frost, sow in groups of 2-3 seeds, 1/2" deep. Thin to one plant when true leaves appear. Transplant: Sow in final container 3-4 weeks prior to planting out. Sunflowers dislike root disturbance and do not transplant well Transplants should be held indoors for no more than 4 weeks prior to planting out. Provide sun and good air movement.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Light, well-drained soil. Excessive nitrogen may cause plants to grow too vigorously with abnormal flower shapes.
PLANT HEIGHT: Varies.
PLANT SPACING: 4-24". Single-stem varieties space 4-6" apart. Branching varieties space 18-24" apart.
HARDINESS ZONES: Annual.
HARVEST: Fresh: Flowers can be harvested tight when color first begins to show, or when the flowers are just beginning to open, depending on your market. Dried: Flowers are completely open. Hang or use silica gel.