High-yielding, early sunflower for delicious, gray-striped, edible seeds and bird food.
Single stem/bloom plants are 7' in height with a flower diameter of 8". Traditional-type hybrid variety with larger seeds. Good standability. Space plants 8-12" apart in rows 18-36" apart. Planting rate: 100,000 seeds will plant approximately 5.5 acres. The estimated yield under average growing conditions is 1,800 lb./acre. Avg. 2,600 seeds/lb. Packet: 250 seeds.
Latin Name: Helianthus annuus
Days to Maturity or Bloom:
68-71 to flower, 100-110 for seed
Shipping Information & Notes
Harvest for Seed - It is quite easy to tell when it is time to harvest your sunflowers. The head will have become brown and dry, almost wilted, and most of the yellow leaves will have fallen off. It might be possible to mistake the sunflower as old and dead at this time, but the seeds in the middle will be both fat and juicy, with a black and white striped outer coating. The seeds should look full and be hard to the touch. The heads may be left in the field until dry down is completed, but the birds will often take a heavy toll on them before they are brought in. Another way to harvest them is to cut the heads off the plant leaving about a foot of stem. Hang them in a warm and dry environment and wait for the seeds to dry. You may want to place row covers underneath them to capture any seed that falls off. Check the heads frequently for birds and rodent damage; sunflowers are a favorite food source of mice, rats, and birds. Simply rubbing the seeds with your hand will dislodge the seeds from their heads once they are dry enough.
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CULTURE: Sow the seeds at the time, rate, and depth specified for each variety listed. FOR GREEN MANURE: Till in at any growth stage. FOR ORNAMENTAL USE OR GRAIN HARVEST: Cut the plants near the base when most of the green color has turned brown and the seeds are hardening (no longer milky). SEED SPECS: Planting rates are listed in the comparison chart.