Sunflower, Dwarf, “Sunspot” Seeds
No room to grow giant sunflowers? Try ‘Sunspot’ instead for its large flower heads on dwarf, 18″–24″ stalks. Kids will love growing these giant flowers that are just the right height for your favorite “Gardener in Training”! ‘Sunspot’ makes large dramatic cut flowers, container plantings or a short annual hedge. Sunflowers are edible, with a bittersweet flavor. The petals add a pretty pop of color ion salads and desserts. The young, sunflower buds are edible, with a flavor similar to artichoke hearts. They can be grilled, marinated, or sauteed for an unusual appetizer or side dish. Attracts pollinators and birds enjoy the seed heads in autumn and winter. Kids can dry the seeds for their own homegrown tasty snack.
2 gram seed packet.
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 6"–9"
Thinning: When 3" tall, thin to 1 every 6"–9"