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Sunflower, Ms. Mars

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Standout variety with dark-red-to-purple flowers, leaves and stems.

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One uncommonly gorgeous sunflower! Standout variety’s flowers, leaves and stems are suffused with dark-red-to-purple hues. Low-growing, vigorously branching flame-type 20-30” tall sunflower’s merlot-colored ray petals transition to a pretty pink. Full sun.
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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.

Specialty

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.

20-30 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

18-24 inches

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

Beds, 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.

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    Sunflowers
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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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
Specialty
Sun
Full Sun
Height
20-30 inches
Spread
18-24 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Cut Flowers
Life Cycle
Annual
Growth Habit
Erect
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Bloom Duration
6 weeks
Flower color
Pink, Purple, Red
Sunflower, Ms. Mars is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 18.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sunflowes I didn't get any flowers most of seeds were bad just two grow but doesn't grow nice very small plants
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Billy boy The deer eat all of my. Flowers as soon as they get about 5 inchs
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Show stopper! I started these inside towards the end of winter (January) and planted them outside by March. They had a 100% germination rate and grew fast! They grew to about 2.5 ft and the flower heads were about 8 inches across. Mine didn't turn a pink but more of a brick red with a little touch of pink. A beautiful flower that I am going to grow every year now!
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful flower, easy grower Sowed from seed direct to soil in early May. Two months later, I finally have beautiful blooming sunflowers! See photo. Easy to grow, no special care or maintenance required. They make a LOT of foliage so plan on trimming often if you have other flowers along the bases.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed while I could! The brief time I was able to enjoy them they were beautiful ! But upon waking one morning they were gone.......After investigating the footprints I learned that the deer love them too.....all flower tops eaten and only the stalks left !!
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Intense color but small heads The color of Mrs. Mars is quite unique and intense. However the time it took to grow and produce a head the size of a golf ball with petals was not worth the wait. I was very dissatisfied with the long time it took and the small flowers it produced.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Flower to Cut In my garden this flower did not seem to stand out, but when I cut these flowers and put them in a vase I had many compliments.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Squirrels and Rabbits Love Them I planted over 50 seeds ~ they grew very well. Then when they were two feet tall the squirrels and rabbits ate them. Only one made it.
Date published: 2016-09-15
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