Sunflower – Giant Grey Stripe Seeds

$2.50

Sunflower – Giant Grey Stripe Seeds

Beautiful 10 inch diameter flowers that stand tall on thick stalks about 6-8 feet high. Kids and birds alike love snacking on the seeds, which are great raw or roasted. This sunflower’s petals are short and small with the main area of the flower’s face being taken up by the seeded center.

Approximate amount of seeds per pack: 30

When to Plant in Spring:

  • Earliest Planting Date: 2 weeks after Average Last Frost
  • Latest Planting Date: 5 weeks after Average Last Frost
  • Length of Planting Window: 3 weeks
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Planting: Sow 1/2 inch deep 12-24 inches apart.

Care: Generally easy to grow and tolerant of most garden soils.They do well with heat and drought once established, but may need stakes to help support them as they grow tall.

Harvesting: Harvest seeds when they have a pronounced grey stripe. The petals will be all dried up and the back of the flower heads should turn yellow. Cut the heads from the stalks and hang upside down in a warm, dry place. Once completely dried, the seeds should come out of the head easily with a little rubbing. Let them continue to dry out until the shells are brittle. Eat raw, or roast in your oven with a little salt.

Germination: 10-14 days

Days to Maturity: 80-100

Preferences: Plenty of water, full sun, well-draining soil

Special Instructions/Tips: These plants make a great wind break because of their height but, be careful not to plant them in a way that will put unwanted shade on your garden.

• Sunflowers are native to North America. Record of them being cultivated can be traced back to the 18th century. They were traditionally used by Native Americans for fabric dyes, food, and decoration.

• Sunflower seeds are a great source of vitamin E, which is vital in skin health and are very high in magnesium, which will helps regulate and repair muscle cells.

• Eat them as a snack, as a salad topper, or add them to your favorite bread, roll, muffin, and granola recipes.

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