Sunflower, Mammoth

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  • Towering heirloom is one of the oldest, most beloved sunflower varieties. Sky-high 12 plants with huge heads are supported by great, sturdy trunks. Ready to attract pollinators and turn heads in the neighborhood. Roast grey-striped seeds for snacking or feeding wildlife throughout winter.
  • Sunflowers are grown from seed sown directly in the garden after frost.

    • Direct sow seeds in average soil in full sun in grow season .
    • When choosing a site consider that sunflowers need a well-drained soil.  They face the sun, so make sure they are in an open area of the garden. The taller varieties will cast shadows on other plants, so plant these at the north end of your garden.
    • Prepare the soil by removing weeds and working organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
    • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
    • Sow seeds ½ inch deep in groups of 2 or 3 seeds. Space the groups 18-24 inches apart, depending on the variety.
    • Firm soil lightly, water and keep evenly moist.
    • Seedlings will emerge in 7-10 days.
    • Thin to one plant per group when seedlings have two sets of leaves.
      • Edible sunflowers will mature in about 3 months or more after sowing. To harvest the seeds, cut the heads off after the stalks are quite dry but before fall or winter rains come. Check the flower heads for maturity to see if the florets in the center of the flower disk have shriveled and the back of the flower head is turning yellow, or the head is starting to droop. Cut flower-heads with a foot of the stalk attached. Hang heads in a warm, dry, well-ventilated place so the seeds may fully ripen and dry. Cheesecloth, netting or a paper bag with holes punched in for ventilation should be placed over the head to protect the seeds and to collect those that may drop from drying.
      • Shorter varieties may be grown in containers. Be sure to use a commercial potting mix.
      • Pollenless varieties make terrific cut flowers.

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