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Wild Sunflower

Price: $2.49
Product Code:  FL1208P
Quantity: 2g (Min. 100 Seeds)
Availability:  In Stock
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(Helianthus Annuus) Annual. Native. The original wild species of sunflower that started them all. These giant annuals produce numerous 3 - 6 inch flower heads on branching stems. Flowers range in color from orange to yellow with brown to purple center disks.

The species is commonly seen growing along roads, fences, fields and in waste areas west of the Mississippi River and is the state flower of Kansas.

Once established, these sunflower plants are fairly drought and heat tolerant. Blooms mid-summer through fall and attracts a variety of pollinators and birds.

Excellent plant for borders, cottage gardens, bird gardens, wildflower, native plant gardens or to create a naturalized setting.
Germination Temperature Planting Depth Days to Germination Plant Spacing Row Spacing Sun
70-85 1" 10-15 8-12" 18-24" Full

 

Planting Instructions:
Plant the seeds 1-2 inches deep and 8-12 inches apart in loose soil and full sun. For the best results, plant sunflower seeds only when the spring is warm and all danger of frost is past, and stagger plantings over several weeks to allow plants to mature at different times to ensure an ongoing supply of ready-to-eat birdseed.

Additional Tips:
Sunflowers can be planted in all types of soil, and supplemental fertilization is not necessary – in fact, too much fertilization can decrease the seed yield by increasing the height of the stalks and the leaf growth.

Water the seeds daily (twice daily in very hot or dry climates) until the young plants are well established, then water thoroughly every other day.

Weeds should be controlled near sunflowers when the plants are very young, but once sunflowers grow several inches tall they will rapidly become established and weeds are no longer a concern.

When stalks grow taller than three feet, stakes can be used to ensure they do not topple over during high winds, storms or when the seed heads become heavy. 
 

Harvesting:
Sunflower seeds will ripen in the fall as the seed heads turn downward and the inner flowers shrivel. Cover the heads with mesh to prevent birds from feasting on them prematurely, or they can be left on the stalks for birds to enjoy directly. To store the seeds, cut the flower heads off each stalk to dry. When the heads are completely dry, the seeds can be rubbed off to be added to feeders, or dry heads can be put in tray or platform feeders without removing the seeds. Store seeds you won’t use right away in a cool, dry place so they will stay fresh and appetizing.

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