Shock

Sunflowers

Shock

Sunflowers

The chocolatey brown and honey gold petals of the Shock-o-lat adds rich "shocking" shades to any bouquet, as this sunflower makes for a great cut flower! It is suitable for fresh and dried arrangements. This sunflower blooms in the summer and can reach up to 6 feet tall, so it might need staking to hold up its big heavy blooms. The Shock-o-lat is easy to grow and perfect for attracting birds away from other plants in the garden.
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Product Details

Bloom Season

Summer

Botanical Name

Helianthus annuus 'Shock-o-Lat'

Seed Type

Seed

Seeds Per Gram

25

Seeds Per Pound

11300

Packet

50 seeds

Seeds Per Ounce

706

Life Cycle

Annual

Sow Method

Direct Sow

Categories

Flowers

Zones

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

Days To Maturity (# Days)

50-60

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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