Sunflower Culture: Annual/70oF/LD/14 days/sun/direct sow in May or June/space 12-18" apart. Taller varieties may need staking. Early in the growth stage, place a pole at the base of the stalk. As the stem grows, use twine or soft ties to secure it to the stake every 6' or so. History: Some archaeologists believe that Native Americans may have cultivated sunflowers as early as 3000 B.C. Uses: You can leave any remaining seed-heads in the garden for fall and winter visitors. Or you can cut and dry the seed-heads indoors. Throughout the winter months, tie dried heads to trees or to your deck to create feeding stations.
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(H. annuus) Bright fall colors ranging from yellow to copper-red to reddish-purple, some with bicolored halos. Flowers are large, averaging 7" across, with many secondary and tertiary blooms. The 5-1/2' stalks may require staking once the seed heads have formed. Excellent tall screen, cut flower, and food source for self-feeding small birds. Pkt. (4 g, 120 seeds)
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