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Sunflower, Chianti Hybrid

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Stunning wine-red velvet petals flecked with gold.

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The deepest red sunflower! Wine-red velvet petals are flecked with gold. Flowers are 3-4" across on 4-5 ft. plants. Multiple branched and purple-stemmed, it's dramatic in the garden. Pollenless, so it's good for cutting, too.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.

Garden

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

48-60 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

18-22 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Borders, Cut Flowers

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.

Annual

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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.
Type
Garden
Sun
Full Sun
Height
48-60 inches
Spread
18-22 inches
Ornamental Use
Borders, Cut Flowers
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Bloom Duration
8 weeks
Sunflower, Chianti Hybrid is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Nice and easy to manage I have been very pleased with the Chianti Hybrid. It grew quickly and performed very well. Rather than 60 inches, mine grew to over 8 feet. Multiple blooms on each stalk that blossom at different times is a great plus. From mid summer to early fall, I have had plenty of beautiful blooms. Not all blossoms will be deep, red-wine red. Some are almost bronzeish as if the yellow is trying to peek out around the edges. Still very nice but not the uniform deep red that I intended. (only reason for less than 5 stars. I planted mine in raised-garden soil from HD supplemented with some Black Kow composted manure. They seem to like it. I never fertilized them and other than a soaker hose on a timer I have left them alone. They are very user friendly. As I have to focus my time on some of the more labor intensive elements in my garden, it is nice to have a spot that looks beautiful and cares for itself. These pictures are from mid-August and just 2 weeks after the first blossom. They are not fully out yet in my pics.
Date published: 2016-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Stunning Plant! I'm in total agreement with the rest of the commenters. My only complaint is that their height is misrepresented. I purchased a mix from Burpee called "All Summer Sunflower Cutting Garden", containing four varieties: Autumn Beauty Mix, Vanilla, Radiance and Chianti. According to the planting suggestion picture on the packet, Chianti should've been half the size of the tallest hybrid and planted in the foreground. I followed their suggestion. Well, Chinti grew a foot taller than the next tallest variety, to at least 7 feet. Other than that, it's beautiful, with thick sturdy stems, branching like crazy, flower color almost black, the leaves are huge and very healthy looking, also the first one to bloom. Just keep in mind their true height when planting in combination.
Date published: 2016-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very unique look Really strong stalks and multiple flowers per plant. I've gotten many curious people asking about these mysterious dark sunflowers. I was not quite prepared for just how dark they are; they are nearly black (darker than the picture on the seed packet). I like how unique they are, so no problem for me, but just an FYI. Makes a great accent and will attract attention, just don't expect them to be traditional yellow or redish sunflowers.
Date published: 2016-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Flower One of the best things I have ever grown. Easy to grow and I have gotten so many compliments. The buds and flowers just keep coming. A great flower to plant if it is the first time you are growing from seed or in a child's first garden, easy and abundant success.
Date published: 2015-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I planted these sunflowers are had good germination. They grew very well and were hardy. In southern Virginia, we got a few inches of rain in 1 day from a humongous storm. With a little extra maintaince, this sunflower was standing straight up and my garden was flooded while my other plants needed to be proped up for a day or two. They grew to about 4 feet tall. Then they bloomed and bloomed and bloomed and would not stop! They were blooming for 3 months straight, which was longer than the plant took to grow! (Only about 60 days.) They kept on blooming until mid-November, when the plant died. I would recommend these because they are very hardy and and LOVE to branch. Germination: A- ( 8 out of 10) Plant Growth: A+ Plant Appearance: A+ Overall: A+
Date published: 2015-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning Every season I have grown these Chianti Sunflowers, reaching high into the sky, they soothe my soul with their dark tones of reds and yellows. Always makes me think of late summer.
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Seeds! Lots of Beautiful Blooms! This is such a great variety! These seeds germinated and grew quickly, producing 6-8 blooms per plant. The blooms are a deep wine/burgundy color and are worthy of being cut for display. (Honey bees love them too!)
Date published: 2014-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful flower!! I planted a few of these and not only are they 7 feet tall, they are GORGEOUS once bloomed ! I planted these guys in mid april and layer down tons of fresh soil and these babies grew fast. I have so many heads right now i lost count !
Date published: 2014-07-03
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