Flowers Sunflowers Dwarf Sunflowers

Sunny Smile
(F1) Sunflower Seed

Product ID: 1815

A truly "miniature" sunflower for container and garden use.

We're sorry, this product has been discontinued and is no longer available. For a similar variety, see Big Smile #1312. Golden orange petals surround a black disk. Produces 2-5" blooms. Plant habit depends on the size of the container. Will flower year round, regardless of day length. In small pots, under short day conditions, the plant will grow to about 6". In large containers, under long day conditions, branching can be induced and plants will grow to about 15-20". Pollenless. Ht. 6-20". Avg. 650 seeds/oz. Packet: 50 seeds.
Johnny's Recommended Substitute
Slightly larger blooms than Sunny Smile.
Slightly larger blooms than Sunny Smile.
50 - 60 Days
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days at 70-75°F (21-24°C).

Direct seed (recommended) — Sow after last frost in groups of 3-4 seeds, 1/2" deep. Thin to one plant when true leaves appear. Transplant — Sow in final container, placing 1 seed per 6" pot or 3 seeds per gallon container, 3-4 weeks prior to planting out. Dislikes root disturbance. If transplanting to beds, wait for 3-4 true leaves to appear.

Grow at 70-80°F (21-27°C) during the day and 50-60°F (10-16°C) at night. Warmer temperatures cause stretching; cooler temperatures cause plants to be more dwarf.


Light, well-drained soil of low to moderate fertility.

8-12". Space plants so that leaves do not touch. Crowding promotes taller growth and weaker stems.


Fresh: Harvest when flowers are just beginning to open. Dried: Flowers are completely open. Hang or use silica gel.

Excellent in containers or for mass plantings.

Helianthus annus

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Quick Facts

Latin Name

Helianthus annuus

Days To Maturity

Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.

50 - 60 Days

Life Cycle

Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).


Hybrid Status

Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.
Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.

Hybrid (F1)

Product Features

Grows Well in Containers Grows Well in Containers
Variety does well when grown in a container.

Grows Well in Containers