Sunflower - Snack Seed - Helianthus annuus
Annual - This Snack Seed sunflower was developed by expert sunflower breeder Dr. Tom Heaton for bountiful harvests of delicious, plump seed kernels that make tasty and nutritious eating. These beautiful, classic garden sunflowers have tall, strong stalks of big flower faces with golden petals surrounding green center disks. They mature into heavy heads of large seeds with especially sweet, nutty flavor. Easy to dry yourself and enjoy as tasty, fiber-rich snacks, or use them to feed delighted birds.
Soil Temperature: above 50°F
Planting Depth: 1"
Germination: 8-10 Days
Height At Maturity: 6-8 feet
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing After Thinning: 12-18"
While Renee's Garden seeds are not all certified organic, they do not sell treated or GMO seeds and have signed the "Safe Seed Pledge.”
Planting & Care
Soil & Water: Make several sowings 3 weeks apart to have a succession of bloom. Keep soil moist and well-weeded and protect seedlings from hungry birds with netting or plastic berry baskets, removing before plants get crowded. No extra amendment is needed unless soil is poor and could benefit from a pelleted, slow release balanced fertilizer.
Planting & Growing: To Plant Outdoors: Plant in full sun in good garden soil when weather is warm and settled both day and night and all danger of frost has passed. Poke seeds into well-worked soil 1" deep and 4 - 5" apart. Press soil firmly over seeds and keep moist until germination in 8 - 10 days. Thin to 12-18" apart so plants have ample room to grow. To Start Indoors: Several weeks before the last frost date, sow seeds 1" deep in individual pots of well-drained seed starting mix. Keep moist and provide a strong light source until ready to plant outside when seedlings are large enough to handle. When weather has warmed into the 50°F range, transplant 12-18" apart in full sun, disturbing the roots as little as possible.