There is something new under the sun, and it's this extraordinary new white sunflower. Standing 5' tall the single-headed flowers with black centers are 4-8" across. The petals start out a rich creamy vanilla and gradually transition to white.
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.
The typical height of this product at maturity.
The width of the plant at maturity.
Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.
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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.
This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.
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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Sunflower, Coconut Ice Hybrid is rated
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Rated 3 out of
Moderately White SunflowerWe tried this sunflower with Ms. Mars thinking the combination would look nice against our dark brown privacy fence. The flower was more pale yellow than white and was lacking in abundance of blooms. As with Ms. Mars, the seeds did not germinate very well and the stocks were patching instead of a continuous line as planted.
Date published: 2015-08-14
Rated 2 out of
Eh.Like I've shared in my previous reviews, my yard for the last two years has at least 150 sunflowers in it each season. I like to think I know my stuff when it comes to sunflowers.
Out of the small package, very few sprouted, and then I was only able to get 1 or 2 to actually BLOOM. a lot of them just were stems. They were also not "white" like the description from Burpee. They are just a faint yellow. Aaaanndd, the height says 4-5 feet.... more like one or two feet, tops. They are very little.
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 5 out of
Beautiful SunflowerThese little beauties did just as predicted. Was very happy with the results, as were the goldfinches that live near my house! I did get a rogue yellow sunflower in my mix, but it's ok.
Date published: 2014-09-07
Rated 1 out of
Nothing cameNot a sprout from this pack despite my others doing fine. I was really looking forward to this one.
Date published: 2013-10-20
Rated 4 out of
Vanilla CreamVery beautiful easy to grow about 5' tall. One large flower with 6 or 7 smaller ones. I call them Vanilla Cream because it best describes their color. I had much fun watching them grow!!!!!!
Date published: 2012-03-20
Rated 5 out of
Best sunflower out there!!I grew these for the first time last summer, and I have to say these were the best ones ever. The color was beautiful and they lasted a long time after being cut. I like that they're a single stem.
Date published: 2012-01-28
Rated 1 out of
Not impressed, "yet"!!!As easy as sunflowers are to grow,I must say last season was nothing short of disapointing.I have had great success with other Burpee products but not this one. Only one successful stalk,very small( aprox.1" dia of center) and more of a faded yellow color on pedals.I am however purchasing this product again this year and with great anticipation await the results of what I feel will be a season filled a greater success rate.
Date published: 2012-01-22
Rated 5 out of
Great vanilla color, long-lasting bloomsOutstanding results in our trials in Pennsylvania and in the breeder’s trial in California. Uniform height and size; hybridity prevents the urge for seeding and allows the plant to put all of its energy into the development of the flower head, resulting in long-lasting blooms, great color and long life in the vase.