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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75 days. 95 days for seed. Purple-black seeds are used by the Hopis as a natural dye source, especially for coloring baskets. Seeds may also be used for food or feed, and this the best variety for dehulling. Grows 6' or taller with 5" heads and smaller secondary blooms. Yellow rays surround attractive purple-green centers. Adapted to cool, high desert areas, but can be grown elsewhere. If grown for seed, plan to mature seed in driest part of the growing season. Mounding soil around the base of stalks helps keep plants upright.
This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 17 November, 2012.