Multi-branching sunflower varieties were planted at 1 or 2 rows per acre between vegetable rows to attract birds and beneficial insects into cropped fields. Easily available at your garden store or if you can’t find them locally, they’re here on Amazon. A stunning heirloom multi-branching variety, producing a profusion of creamy white 4-5 inch blossoms, surrounding a contrasting chocolate brown centre on sturdy 4ft plants. Looking forward to hearing from you about this wonder of nature. After harvesting the plant dies. Again a typical single headed sunflower, yellow petals, and dark brown center disc. And the vibrant color makes them very attractive to butterflies. (Helianthus annus Velvet Queen is a multi-branching sunflower which produces lots of flowers for cutting. Branching Multi-headed Large blooms with Layers of striking yellow petals and velvety brown centers. Please don’t be put off if this sounds too sciency. 'Helios Flame' is a designer's delight, both in the early fall garden and the … Lovely mixed with purple grass, and absolutely stunning next to purple flowers. This means that a single plant can produce several flower heads rather than just the one. If you have any trouble finding them just click here to get them from Amazon. All rights reserved. A dramatic accent in beds, borders, and arrangements. They are easy to grow and are bloom throughout the summer and early autumn until the first frosts. Dark claret to red and coppery bronze petals with a chocolate, almost black colored center. I hope this illustration helps. That’s why they’re a big hit with most gardeners, novice gardeners, and children alike. You can also find these illustrated height charts and other illustrations in my sunflower resource section for downloading. I came across Italian White Sunflower (Helianthus dibilis) seeds as I perused the aisles at Eden Brothers Seeds just outside of Ashevillle, North Carolina last summer. That’s not to say you can’t grow a giant sunflower in a pot, it may be slightly restricted, but it’s still doable. Then the plant will rest through the winter. I originally found the seeds here on amazon. We have planted sunflowers a few times over the past few years but they have always been the type which we harvest for vegetable oil. Generally, sunflowers are quite easy to grow. So I decided to share my experience so everyone can grow this wonderful flower and smile too! The actual plant grows up to 15 feet tall with all the gorgeous blooms bouncing about on top of the plant. Very dramatic. Regardless of which type of sunflower you decide to grow, read on to learn some important tips so you can successfully grow sunflowers. And with all the uses the seeds have you might need some more to grow for next year find a link here to replenish your stock from Amazon. The big, dark red flowers sit on top of sturdy stems. I hope it helps. Very easy to nurture and can grow 6 feet tall. ‘Sunbelievable’ Sunflower This award-winning, multi-branching, heat tolerant, non-invasive annual produces over 1,000 flowers in a single season, throughout summer until first frost. We won’t harvest the seeds until later this fall so for now we simply get to enjoy the beautiful multi-colored heads.  If this goes well, we hope to expand the plot a little next year. Beautiful blooms that have long thick yellow petals and a dark brown disc. Hardy annual is an annual plant that can withstand a touch of frost. For your end of summer wedding, get everyone you know to grow them for you. Excellent in borders and containers. If you they’re not in shops near you, use this link to Amazon. And here they are on Amazon. Blooms all summer long until the fall frost. This is selective breeding to create a unique plant for one season only. The large, bright flowers attract honeybees as well as other beneficial insects to help with pollination and pest control, which is always good for our orchard. I’ve Never been so nervous about keeping a plant safe and sound. For highest quality cut flowers, planting closer together will produce longer stems and smaller flowers. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this whopper of a giant sunflower. Great in fresh arrangements. The cover crop did ok last year and we intended to repeat that project this year but even the best laid plans have a way of changing, especially on an organic farm. I hope this illustration helps. This is great for a perpetual supply of delightful cut sunflowers for displaying. You can also find these illustrated height graphs in my sunflower resource section for downloading. And a focal point for a variety of other pollinators too. Ruby Eclipse is one of the first sunflowers to flower in our plots. I’ve put together for you the best guide and description of all the sunflower seeds to plant and enjoy in your garden, in pots on your balcony, or in a field. If your answer is yes, then I’d like to share with you some of my favorite sunflowers, and the reasons why I’ve enjoyed growing them over the years. Each stalk has from 15 to 19 yellow petaled with orange centered discs. Is it tall? I have these vibrantly colored sunflowers in pots and at the front of my flower borders. Flowers late into autumn. Why you might ask? Helios Flame Sunflower. The first one was named SunBelievable or Brown Eyed Girl Helianthus. Vibrant yellow petals and a dark brown disc, these are ideal for bouquets and wedding table displays. Starburst™Greenburst DMR – Now Available! Suitable for attracting bees, butterflies and other pollinators. The large blooms are open and the seeds are taking shape. I loved working on the sunflower height charts too, and hope they’ve given you a visual representation of how and where you can enjoy growing your sunflowers for any location, situation or occasion. Suitable for growing in pots, borders and for cutting. Their vibrant orange petals and bright yellow centers are a magnet to pollinators and hummingbirds.  It’s also why we weren’t able to grow our sunflowers in the orchard this year, because it’s within that half-mile radius. The flower heads are 17 inches (44cm) across and give many seeds in return to plant for the following year, but if not these seeds are readily available here on Amazon. Before choosing the variety of sunflowers you’d like to grow, I hope to debaffle a few common gardening terms.  The main reason we didn’t end up planting the cover crop including sunflowers in the orchard this year is because we had the opportunity to grow a different kind of sunflower for an organic seed company and we accepted. On my ventures to nurseries, two new annual sunflowers caught my attention. Hopefully, I’ll be able to give you some ideas of the sunflowers best for your needs. These sunflowers can grow up to 10 feet tall and are probably that iconic sunflower look that we all think of when we imagine them. They can grow to 6 feet tall and have multi flower heads on each stem. So I’m not against having these beautiful puzzles on my site shesaidsunflower.com. I have cut some of these small flowers for cute table arrangements, and by doing this more blooms will appear. Fast growing, single-headed traditional sunflower. Brown centers with dark red, orange through to yellow petals. The vivid yellow-tipped petals go orange towards the rusty red colored centered disc. I love these as a bushy border plant too. But most of all it really is all about the immense pleasure. The chart for each, followed by information for each one…. The flower heads face the sun and follow it across the sky. They were breathtaking. (2,3) Strawberry Blonde Stunning rose-pink sunflowers brushed with lemon-yellow tips surround a dark chocolate center. Now that’s what I call my little bit of paradise. wide (10 cm), each adorned with a chocolate center. The blooms grow in flourishes of up to 20 flowers per 1 foot high small plant. Annual plants have one season of growth then die off. Days To Germination: 14-21 days. © 2020 Bob Quinn: Organic Farmer, All Rights Reserved. But depending on your climate, and what watering and growing conditions you have available, your final results could vary from what’s on the seed packet. There are no hard and fast rule or laws to growing sunflowers. F1 Seeds are basically a form of selective breeding. Late summer is a beautiful time for sunflowers. Single big yellow flowers 12 inches in diameter, pale orange disc turning brown as it matures. Annual plants have this one purpose in mind, to grow big and strong as possible so it can produce a big healthy yield of seeds in one season. 'Moulin Rouge' is a stunning, true red sunflower, on multi-branching plants. The petals add a pretty pop of color ion salads and desserts. I get these locally, if you can’t they’re here on Amazon. Ideal for cut flowers or the border. eval(ez_write_tag([[728,90],'shesaidsunflower_com-medrectangle-3','ezslot_9',134,'0','0'])); But if I were to tell you there are red, purple orange and pink sunflowers too. Required fields are marked *. How glorious will that be? Think about a sunflower. I found There’s enough to do it all. The first year will mostly be stem and leaf growth. These dwarf pale purple sunflowers are in a league of their own. 5-6’ and are multi branching wi.  They also make for good ground cover to avoid soil erosion. You can also find these illustrated height graphs in my sunflower resource section for downloading. Background. 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