Sunflower, Honey Bear
One of the prettiest, sunniest faces we've ever seen in our sunflower garden.
Beds, 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 SunHeight5-6 feetSpread24-26 inchesOrnamental UseBeds, Borders, Cut FlowersLife CycleAnnualSow MethodDirect SowFloweringtrueBloom Duration6
Sunflower, Honey Bear is rated out of 5 by 7.Rated 3 out of 5 by MDgrower from nice but dissapointed I started the all seeds in spring and had the bad luck of a low germination ratio, and only three finally grew up. Recently they started to bloom and guess what, only one of them is actually honey bear! Although the one is beautiful, and the other two 'regular' sunflowers are pretty as well, it's very upsetting after months of care and anticipation. I've also bought some Burpee Zinnia seeds and had quite low germination rate too. This has made me lose faith in all Burpee products.Date published: 2013-08-22Rated 5 out of 5 by steffb from Beautiful Sunflower An Easy Peasy gorgeous flower to grow from seed!!Date published: 2012-05-10Rated 5 out of 5 by Alg41 from Best Purchase! I just loved these. Had no problems whatsoever!Date published: 2007-08-10Rated 5 out of 5 by hapigard from I planted this for the first time last year not knowing what to expect....it came out as one of the most beautiful flowers i have in the garden. It was one that always catches attention including the chianti...I am planting more now...it grows easily and any novice can grow thisDate published: 2007-06-17Rated 5 out of 5 by Sully from Nothing can compair Last summer was the first year I planted any sunflower honey bears. They were fantastic. I couldn't believe the size of the flowers and the amount of flowers the plant produced. This summer I doubled the amount I planted using pots and planting directly in the ground all around the yard. People actually stop at the house to ask what type of flower it is. I start the plants from seeds and just about every seed produces a plant. They are easy to grow, look fantastic, and I'll be planting them for years to come.Date published: 2006-08-04Rated 5 out of 5 by Greenish thumb from Home Gardener I can't believe how amazing these are. I expect within five years these will be in almost every home garden. I had many blooms on each stem and made the mistake of only planting four last year. This year I plan on planting 60 in my yard so I can give these flowers to many friends and have a spectacular yard. Don't miss out on this.Date published: 2006-04-13Rated 5 out of 5 by Sharon P from Beautiful faces! This is without a doubt the loveliest sunflower I've ever seen! I'm the "Company Gardener", and get to plan our 30'x 8' beds that face the street traffic. We actually had people who had driven past our company call and ask what they were. Way better than my wildest expectations. I'm ordering for this coming summer, and will plant them at home as well.Date published: 2006-02-12