Sunflower, Fun 'N Sun Mix Hybrid
Designer blend of 10 unique varieties!
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Borders, Cut Flowers
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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.
SunFull SunHeight4-6 feetSpread20-24 inchesOrnamental UseBorders, Cut FlowersLife CycleAnnualSow MethodDirect SowFloweringtrueBloom Duration8
Sunflower, Fun 'N Sun Mix Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 8.Rated 5 out of 5 by Gowingfrl from They grew so well very beautiful colors . I will plant these next year for sure worth the money. Lots of double heads. The only problem is one blooms at a time then dies take forever for the others to bloom. Wish they all grew at onceDate published: 2013-08-22Rated 5 out of 5 by floridacrazydaisy50 from sunflower hybrid mix colors These are great. Yellow flowers have bloomed, are now seeding so pedals are falling off, are short lived, but some of the yellows have double heads so are double blooming; these are beautiful. The colored sunflowers have big heads but have not bloomed yet. Very healthy looking and will bloom.Date published: 2012-05-09Rated 5 out of 5 by Sunflowers from Container Sunflower 2011 I'm growing these in a container on a deck, so I don't quite get the full effect. Nonetheless, they are fun and easy to grow.Date published: 2011-07-25Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Most gorgeous Sunflowers ever! Like the TITLE states ~ these are absolutely gorgeous Sunflowers! I am a newbie gardener and purchased these seeds last summer. They all came out so full and had tons of blooms. There were so many different varieties/colors/sizes, I had no idea. I have never took so many pictures of flowers in my life! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!Date published: 2009-04-02Rated 5 out of 5 by GardenGirl88 from Beautiful Flowers This was the first time I had ever planted sunflowers, and these performed very well. I had gorgeous blooms and plentiful seed heads for the birds. Some of the smaller flowers were great for flower arrangements. I am going to allow them more space in a different garden this year though. They had stalks like small trees and were a bit too robust for the veggie garden.Date published: 2009-02-10Rated 5 out of 5 by mclo5399 from Fun N Sun Explosion! What a bunch of beauties! I'd never seen so many colors of sunflowers with so many blooms on one plant. The variety was astounding. I planted these in front of my mammoth sunflowers and behind the two foot tall variety. They gave us quite a show. My neighbors would stop with the kids to look. A really vigorous blend. Thanks!Date published: 2006-10-01Rated 3 out of 5 by Fitzy from Not as tall as hoped & devastated by beetles 15 seeds for what felt lika a high price and you don't know what you'll get until it's too late - most are only 3'-4' tall so don't expect real variety. Completely devastated by Japanese Beetles only days to weeks after maturity, hoping it was not the plant's fault. Strange thing is that neighbor's "normal" & HUGE sunflowers suffered no damage.Date published: 2006-08-02Rated 5 out of 5 by Vicki from Absolutely Beautiful! We grew these last year ('05) for the first time, and were amazed at how beautiful they were! Deep burgundies to almost purple and several bi-colors. All made multiple flowers. They were so gorgeous we planted them again this year. We have them planted in an arch around the front of the garden. They are about 5 inches tall now. Can't wait to see them grown up! If you like sunflowers you should definitely try these.Date published: 2006-06-21