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Ruby red flowers that hold their petals.

 

QTY: 50 SEEDS

 

Flowers have burgundy, sometimes pink petals with lemony tips and dark centers. Branching plants have long, 18-24", strong side stems for cutting. Day-length neutral. Pollenless. Branching.

 

  • Edible Flowers: Flower buds can be fried and the petals used as a garnish in salads and desserts; the flavor is bittersweet.

 

DAYS TO GERMINATION:

7-14 days at 70-75°F (21-24°C)

 

SOWING:

Direct seed (recommended) - After last frost, sow ½" deep. Transplant - Sow into 72 to 50-cell flats 2-3 weeks prior to planting out. Plants dislike root disturbance but sowing indoors and then transplanting the first crop outdoors can be a successful way to get first-early sunflowers. Pinching branching varieties is recommended to encourage branching and longer stems. Succession-sow every 2-3 weeks and/or plant multiple varieties for continued harvest.

 

LIGHT PREFERENCE:

Sun.

 

PLANT HEIGHT:

Varies.

 

PLANT SPACING:

18-24".

 

HARDINESS ZONES:

Annual.

 

HARVEST:

Flowers can be harvested tight, when color first shows, or when almost completely open, depending on your market and preferred use. Dried - Flowers are completely open. Hang or use silica gel.

 

SOIL REQUIREMENTS:

Light, well-drained soil. Excessive nitrogen may cause plants to grow too vigorously with abnormal flower shapes.

 

USES:

Excellent cut flower. Single stem sunflowers can make a beautiful and reliable display in the garden but please note that they will only provide one bloom form each plant.

 

NOTES:

Flower size and stem diameter are controlled by plant spacing, temperature, soil type, and day length. For early and late season production, select varieties that are day-length neutral or are noted as suitable for flowering under short days.

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