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) A sunny blend of yellow, red and purple. Single blooms are 4 to 5" across and very attractive in cut flower arrangements. Stalks up to 6' make an attractive screen or background. Pkt. (2 g, 122 seeds)
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