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2017 All-Star Flower Collection

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Head turning flower introductions for 2017.

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Some of our favorite flower introductions for 2017. Includes one packet each of:
  • 'Treasure Mountain’ Sunflower – Brighten up your home with vases packed with this radiant, color-saturated sunflower. Each plant produces 10—12 stalks shimmering with 8-10” golden-yellow petaled flowers with expressive big brown eyes.
  • 'Strawberry Blonde' Marigold - Extraordinaire! This breakthrough French marigold commands loving attention with a floriferous rush of bicolor pastel pink, rose and yellow blooms. Vigorous, bushy, stunner introduces never-before-seen cool shades to the marigold color palette.
  • ‘Red Velvet Cake’ Celosia – ‘Red Velvet Cake’ stuns with its vibrant, velvety crimson florets. Vigorous, strong stems reach up to 4’ high, creating a striking impression.
  • ‘Rosetta’ Cosmos – A 2016 Fleuroselect winner for color pattern, flower size, and shape. This direct-sow variety is easy to grow, and will fill vasefulls of single and double 4” blooms from summer into fall.
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    Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

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    • Sunflowers

      Sunflowers
      Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
      Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
      Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
      Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
      Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
      Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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    Sunflowers are grown from seed sown directly in the garden after frost.

    • Direct sow seeds in average soil in full sun after all danger of frost.
    • When choosing a site consider that sunflowers need a well-drained soil.  They face the sun, so make sure they are in an open area of the garden. The taller varieties will cast shadows on other plants, so plant these at the north end of your garden.
    • Prepare the soil by removing weeds and working organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
    • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
    • Sow seeds ½ inch deep in groups of 2 or 3 seeds. Space the groups 18-24 inches feet apart, depending on the variety.
    • Firm soil lightly, water and keep evenly moist.
    • Seedlings will emerge in 7-10 days.
    • Thin to one plant per group when seedlings have two sets of leaves.
    • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
    • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
    • Keep soil evenly moist but not wet.
    • Once established sunflowers can tolerate drought.
    • No fertilizer is needed unless the soil is poor. Do not over fertilize.
    • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
    • Some varieties only produce one bloom so once the bloom is spent, the plant may be removed.
    • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
    • Edible sunflowers will mature in about 3 months or more after sowing. To harvest the seeds, cut the heads off after the stalks are quite dry but before fall or winter rains come. Check the flower heads for maturity to see if the florets in the center of the flower disk have shriveled and the back of the flower head is turning yellow, or the head is starting to droop. Cut flower-heads with a foot of the stalk attached. Hang heads in a warm, dry, well-ventilated place so the seeds may fully ripen and dry. Cheesecloth, netting or a paper bag with holes punched in for ventilation should be placed over the head to protect the seeds and to collect those that may drop from drying.
    • Shorter varieties may be grown in containers. Be sure to use a commercial potting mix.
    • Pollenless varieties make terrific cut flowers.
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    2017 All-Star Flower Collection is rated 2.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from zinderella peach zinnas Bought these seeds to plant for my son's wedding. plants came up but did not look like the picture. many petals need not form. Only a few flowers look even close to the picture
    Date published: 2017-06-23
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