SUNFLOWER Mammoth, Gray Stripe
Annual-One Season Plant - Height 6 to 12 feet
See our test garden photo of: Sunflowers
Fascinating plant for the children. Giant plants produce huge flowers and seed heads. Tall plants make excellent summer privacy screen or background plants. Birds love the seeds. A real conversation piece.
Special Directions for Short Season Climates
SOWING: After all danger of frost, seed directly outdoors. Cover seeds with 1/2 inch of light soil.
SPACING: Leave approximately 2 feet between plants.
GERMINATION: Approximately 2 weeks, depending upon soil warmth and weather conditions. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Largest flowers and tallest plants are obtained when sunflowers are grown in full sun, in somewhat rich soil kept fairly well watered. To save seeds, cut flower head when mature and dry in a cool well ventilated spot. When dry, individual seeds can be lightly roasted on cookie sheet in the oven.