Helianthus annuus, ‘Claret’, F1 Hybrid Sunflower

1,950 د.ك

Imposing flowers in a striking, rich dark reddish-brown with a black centre that will certainly draw attention to itself in any garden. 5ft (1.5m)

Surely a plant that needs no introduction. Worthy of a place in any garden and a favourite for children to grow. Incidentally, an ideal plant to grow in a large clump at the foot of large trees or near the edge of a pool. They are surprisingly tolerant of partial shade. There are now also plenty of varieties that are great for cutting – big and dramatic and, of particular interest to the writer – no skill required for arranging! Just stick them in a (large) vase.

Germination Instructions

Sow directly where they are to flower. Sow 15mm deep into finely prepared soil which has be raked to a fine tilth. Sow 2 seeds together every 45cm. Seedlings appear in 14-21 days. When large enough to handle thin out the weaker of the two plants, replant elsewhere if required. Water well until established. Can be started early indoors, sow into individual pots 15mm deep, place pots in a cold frame or greenhouse. Keep moist. Acclimatise and plant out after danger of frost has passed.

Growing Instructions

Easy to grow. Ideally placed near a fence or wall. Water deeply but infrequently. Feed sparingly. Will require staking or a support.

Cultivation Instructions

If you wish to harvest the seed protect the flower head with garden fleece to deter squirrels and birds, or cut the head and dry indoors. Seeds ready approx. 30-45 days after bloom.

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