American Giant, (F1) Sunflower Seeds

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American Giant, (F1) Sunflower Seeds

American Giant F1 pushes the label of “giant” to new frontiers in sunflower gardening. The American Giant is a quite large sunflower, really it is huge sunflower. Almost everybody saves a corner of the garden to pull out all the stops and grow a giant sunflower specimen using all their fertilizer and watering tricks. American Giant Hybrid was developed especially to respond to your best gardening efforts. It is a huge (and we mean, huge) improvement on the old garden varieties that you nursed along in the garden only to see them fall to the ground with the first big wind after flowering. American Giant Hybrid grows tall and stays standing long after the others fall. In fact, you may have to literally get out a saw and cut it down at the end of the year. Or leave it through the winter for the birds and squirrels to enjoy the seeds and to remind your neighbors of your gardening prowess. Don’t believe that the American Giant is a huge sunflower? We have seen it grow as tall as 17 feet! Now, that is a large sunflower.
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Key Attributes

Packet
Packet: 50 seeds
Days To Maturity (# Days)
Days To Maturity (# Days): 50-60
Botanical Name
Botanical Name: Helianthus annuus

Product Details

Weight

0.015

Botanical Name

Helianthus annuus

Flower Height

60-72"

Seed Type

Seed

Seeds Per Pound

4,480

Packet

50 seeds

Seeds Per Ounce

280

Breed

F1 Hybrid

Sow Method

Direct Sow

Categories

Flowers

Zones

2-10

Days To Maturity (# Days)

50-60

Components

Growing Instructions

Learning Download: How to Grow Sunflowers

Sunflowers are one of the easiest flowers to grow from seed. Sunflowers grow wonderfully along a border and are a good option to grow with children.

Before Planting: Sunflowers are very tough and can grow in nearly any soil, but prefer full sun.

Planting: Sunflower seeds do best when planted directly into the garden after the last frost date has passed. Plant seeds 6 inches apart and 1 inch deep in a shallow trench.

Watering: Sunflowers need water the most during their growth period, which is 20 days before and after flowering.

Fertilizer: Sunflowers typically do not require fertilizing because they grow so easily, but a slow-release granular fertilizer can be added to poorer soils as the better the soil, the bigger the flowers will grow.

Days to Maturity: Sunflowers bloom around 120 days

Harvesting: In addition to storing the flowers in a vase to lighten up a room, Sunflower seedlings can be harvested once the flowers are done blooming and have spread their for culinary use.

Tips: Do not grow Sunflowers near potatoes or pole beans, as their leaves, seeds and stems emit a substance that inhibits some other plant’s growth.

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