Lesley's Sunflowers Mix
Lesley's Sunflower Mix - Helianthus annus - Annual
Sunflower's cross with each other and last year we grew a fabulous diverse crop of them. In this mix of dancing sunflowers are Grey Stripe, Moulin Rouge, Autumn Colors, Tarahumara White, Black Seeded, Lemon and our Wild Native Sunflower. There might be more. Some of these will come true and others will be a cross of them all. The Tarahumara grew 10' tall and Grey Stripe made impressively large heads here at 8,000'.
What is a more cheerful plant than a sunflower? I will always grow sunflowers in honor of my sweet, vibrant sister-in-law Lesley, who left this earth way too soon, these were her favorite flower and they are for her.
Enjoy the diversity and love in each packet.
Sow seeds 1/2" deep at least 6" apart. Keep moist through germination. Protect young plants from deer. Critters and birds have been known to dig up the seeds so you can place a bit of screen or cloches over the seeds until they emerge. For me, this only happens sometimes - just a tip. Some of these varieties will get huge, so make sure they have steady moisture and plenty of room. Sunflowers like warm soil to germinate.
Collect seed after the seed-heads have dropped their petals and they begin to dry. They are ready when the birds start to eat them! Harvest whole heads and dry in a well-ventilated area - then enjoy!