Sunflower, Chianti Hybrid
Stunning wine-red velvet petals flecked with gold.
Borders, Cut Flowers
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.
SunFull SunHeight4-5 feetSpread18-22 inchesOrnamental UseBorders, Cut FlowersLife CycleAnnualSow MethodDirect SowFloweringtrueBloom Duration8
Sunflower, Chianti Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 11.Rated 5 out of 5 by Jeffriesdc 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: 2015-07-21Rated 5 out of 5 by sunflowerlover 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: 2015-03-09Rated 5 out of 5 by Elmo199 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: 2015-01-06Rated 5 out of 5 by njcmq8026 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: 2014-09-23Rated 5 out of 5 by Maddi 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: 2014-07-03Rated 5 out of 5 by HurricaneMartha from Wow! I love these. I've already had many friends ask where I got the seeds. The best thing about them is more than one flower per stalk, so they make great flower arrangements without sacrificing the whole plant. And, yes, mine are much taller than 4 -5 feet.Date published: 2014-06-01Rated 5 out of 5 by Caliveggie from Really tall! This is a beautiful sunflower and looks lovely in my garden! Burpee needs to consider adding more height to the stated height on the seed packet!!!! Really! Mine is 7 feet tall! This was my first sunflower bloom!Date published: 2013-06-04Rated 5 out of 5 by StevieM from Easy and Beautiful Absolutely gorgeous flowers! A very unusual deep red with black centers. And TONS of black seeds that kept the cardinals in my neighborhood visiting frequently!Date published: 2013-04-26