Sunflower, Strawberry Blonde Hybrid
The first rose-pink sunflower!
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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 SunHeight5-6 feetSpread24-26 inchesOrnamental UseBorders, Cut FlowersLife CycleAnnualSow MethodDirect SowFloweringtrueBloom Duration8
Sunflower, Strawberry Blonde Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 10.Rated 5 out of 5 by preachermom from They thought they were fake! These are such vibrantly colored beautiful flowers that the cleaning crew thought they were fake! With these sunflowers, the flowers do just keep coming, like other reviewers, I have had to steak a few just to keep them upright.Date published: 2015-06-04Rated 5 out of 5 by AdamBrownPhoto from Well-Branching is an understatment. These beauties were quite the treat to have growing in my yard. Everyone that saw them absolutely fell in love with them, and the flowers just wouldn't stop. In fact, I ended up having to stake a couple of them because they were so heavily-laden with flowers. I counted 15 on one stalk. The colors ranged from deep purple hues to barely-there bubble gum pink. Easy to grow, beautiful flowers, and prolific in their growth habits. Not spindly at all, even though they spread quite a bit. WILL DEFINITELY be growing these again this year. As a photographer, it would be hard to top these as subjects.Date published: 2014-03-26Rated 5 out of 5 by Jess907 from Love these. Ordered these for my Mom last year and she Loved them. I thought the colors where way cooler then the plain sunflowers although sunflowers are still pretty cool. Burpees shipping is fast and easy and I'm sure I'll be ordering from them again real soon. Big Burpee fan.Date published: 2013-08-28Rated 1 out of 5 by lvs3grdn from They're yellow Well - I planted them in a large pot not near any other sunflowers that they could have cross pollinated with - and - they're yellow, just like regular old sunflowers. They're not even a little pink. Did anyone else have this problem?Date published: 2013-07-27Rated 5 out of 5 by MrsGreene from Wonderful color! I absolutely love this sunflower! I love sunflowers, but yellow and orange are my least favorite of flower colors. I lean towards purples and pinks. I planted these with Chianti and they looked amazing! I got several gorgeous bouquets, even though I did not bung the seeds in until early July! I am looking forward to getting these in much earlier this year. Yes, sunflowers are tasty to bugs (one reviewer's complaint) but with some organic pest conrol I had no difficulties. If you are in an area that you can (I live in town so not possible for me, rats) get some guinea fowl! They'll eat every bug out there without turning over a leaf, and will provide the hands-down best alarm system money can buy. They'll let you know when a fox or a coyote will show up. They'll also let you know if the mail truck arrives, or the neighbor, or even if your kids try to slip out the back door.....Date published: 2011-04-02Rated 5 out of 5 by Seemkay from SPECTACULAR!!!!!!!!!!! I planted these seeds on May 15, 2010 and the first one bloomed on July 13, 2010. They are about 3 1/2 to 4 feet tall. I planted a few in a LARGE pot on my balcony. I am sure they would get bigger if there were less planted...but OH MY! They are some of the most beautiful flowers I have seen in a long time. I usually plant the sunflower seeds that come in my bird's food, but I just had to plant these. The pictures have already made it to my cell phone wallpaper! You won't be dissappointed in these beauties!Date published: 2010-07-15Rated 5 out of 5 by gardencatmn from Sweetest sunflower ever Fantastic sunflower. I planted (direct seeded) them kind of late at the end of June up here in Zone 4 and I still had gorgeous blooms throughout fall. Really lovely colours, not too tall and not as top-heavy as other sunflowers. Interesting note- a deer chewed off the top of one of these guys before they bloomed, and it ended up branching off into four smaller flowers instead of one- great for cutting. I plan on trimming down a few this year.Date published: 2010-05-27Rated 5 out of 5 by Butterfly from Best Sunflower's Ever!! I wanted to have an unusual garden this year, blue pumpkins, black watermelons, and strawberry blonde sunflowers. These are amazing! I love the height and the blooms are just amazing. The deep red fades to a light pink and then almost completely to yellow when they're falling off. Each plant has at least 7 or more blooms. I just hope they seed so I can grow many many more next year!Date published: 2009-07-10