Sunflower, Super Snack Mix Hybrid
This sunflower produces the easiest seed to crack for snacks and they're huge.
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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 feetSpread24-30 inchesOrnamental UseBedsLife CycleAnnualSow MethodDirect SowFloweringtrueBloom Duration5
Sunflower, Super Snack Mix Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 8.Rated 4 out of 5 by GrowinUp from OK Sunflower Only an 80% germination rate for me,( I start all my seeds in vermiculite). Not real happy as only about half the seeds in the head had any meat so pollination should be ruled out.. The plants are sturdy and problem free though. I may grow again but will also plant a mammoth variety as I grow sunflower for snacking seeds.Date published: 2013-11-11Rated 5 out of 5 by joeri from Nice sunflower! I chose this sunflower because of the great reviews it had. It ain't harvesting time just yet for my sunflowers, but I'm very satisfied with it. The only downside (for me) was that it only grows one flower (though stated, so it don't count as a negative), and also on my part: Since it was the first time, I went through quite some seeds before I had them going :-p Some tips for first time growers: - Start outdoors if you can. You can start them indoors, but use a growing light! If not, they will be very "leggy" and fall over. - The root system is pretty sensitive, they don't like to be transplanted. Use peat pots or paper ones you make yourself :-) - Beware of the birds. They will eat the seed of the seedling after it sprouted, so you might want to cover it with a little plastic bottle or something. I tried one of those fake owls... but they didn't seem to mind it much :-p They have very strong stems, so it has to be extremely windy to knock them over! Everything added together: I will plant them again next year, and I will most likely try some new varieties as well to mix it up some.Date published: 2013-07-19Rated 2 out of 5 by StevieM from No Meat!! These were large and pretty sunflowers and I got a ton of seeds. Unfortunately, every single seed was empty. Nothing but a hollow shell, and I left them on the flower until the frost. I have no idea what happened; I've never had that problem with a sunflower before! It seems from the other reviews that I'm the only one to have this happen, so maybe it was a fluke.Date published: 2013-04-30Rated 5 out of 5 by Leelee from Sun flower They are great. I sprouted them very easy. They r big n strong now. Great lookin sun flowers.Date published: 2012-05-15Rated 5 out of 5 by 85340 from Sunflower Very nice plant, started a couple of months ago and the plants are 3 - 4 feet tall.Date published: 2012-05-08Rated 5 out of 5 by Yardner from LARGE seeds This plant was just as advertised. The seeds were large and easy to remove. Best choice for roasting and eating. During the winter I put them out in hanging baskets and the birds loved them.Date published: 2008-10-23Rated 5 out of 5 by flaxin1 from beautiful sunflowers These were the most beautiful addition to our garden last year.Date published: 2008-01-06Rated 5 out of 5 by ThumbsUp from King Of Seed Crops I planted these during the summer. They performed amazingly. I started them in peat pots after the frost, just until they germinated, and then planted them outside. When they couldn't stand on their own, I tied them to posts and watched them shoot up. I just harvested their seeds today, and they were delicious, even without seasoning. Also, they are beautiful to see in my garden. They are what makes my back yard the most exciting.Date published: 2006-09-16