Organic Skyscraper Sunflower - Helianthus annuus
Sunflowers were originally cultivated by Native Americans of the U.S. southwest as early as 3000 B.C. and had many uses including food. This towering flower is easy to grow and will reach heights up to 15', and can have single or multiple heads up to 14" across, full of nutritious, tasty seeds. Eat these nutty flavored treats your self, full of healthy fats, protein, Vitamin E, potassium, calcium and phosphorus or enjoy watching the birds have at them!
- Sun: Full
- Indoors: 4-6 weeks before last frost
- Direct Sow: After last frost (recommended)
- Seed Count: 50
- Days to Maturity: 75
- Plant Size: 12'
- Attracts pollinators
- Excellent for cut flowers
Very tall plant; stake to support plant. Heat and drought tolerant. Will do well in poor soil. Large heads attract birds and makes for great bird food. Seeds are excellent roasted.
If starting seeds indoors, it is key that your new starts be hardened off. This is a process that requires taking them outside during the day, for a period of time, before they are planted. This acclimates your seedlings to the outside world, meaning the elements like the wind and sun. We do it for several weeks to a month as this strengthens their stems and overall plant structure.
- Start for a short period of time initially, then graduate to more time each day
- One week minimum is recommended
- Bring them inside in the early evening and overnight
- Keep an eye on them and constantly water them. Make sure they have not blown over.