Each 'Mongolian Giant' plant produces a single yellow flower up to 18″ across that will provide extra-large seeds filled with tasty, hearty kernels. These single-stem sunflowers attract pollinators and are very easy to grow in almost any sunny garden, although a sunflower's size is dependent on the growing conditions. They also are drought tolerant and fast growing; you can almost watch them gain an inch or more a day! Inside this packet, we've included tips on how to protect your ripening seeds from squirrels and birds, and a recipe for roasting seeds. Edible, bittersweet petals make a sunny garnish on salads and appetizer plates.
Botanical Name: Helianthus annuus
Native: North America
Plant Dimensions: 12' – 14' tall
Variety Information: 14″-18″ flower heads with yellow petals and a green center
Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Period: Blooms summer
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Drought Tolerant, Edible Flower
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date.
When to Start Inside: 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date. Sunflowers are sensitive to root disturbance; sow in biodegradable pots that can be planted directly in the ground.
Days to Emerge: 10 – 15 Days
Seed Depth: ¼” – ½”
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 24″
Thinning: When 3″ tall, thin to 1 every 24″