Sunflower, Teddy Bear
Soft, fluffy, cushion-like flowers on shorter bushy plants.
Beds, Container, 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 SunHeight2-3 feetSpread14-16 inchesOrnamental UseBeds, Container, Cut FlowersLife CycleAnnualSow MethodDirect SowFloweringtrueBloom Duration5
Sunflower, Teddy Bear is rated out of 5 by 7.Rated 5 out of 5 by Autumnstar033 from Beautiful !! Wonderful burst of color in the garden. Very hardy stems, bug and drought resistant. Even on the cloudiest day, these Teddy Bear Sunflowers will brighten your day.Date published: 2013-08-25Rated 5 out of 5 by Yardner from Beautiful A great long season cut flower for the wife. But I like it especialy because the seed production is great for added birdseed. Easy to grow and I've found that it will grow when other sunflowers struggle.Date published: 2008-10-22Rated 5 out of 5 by SoupAddict from Favorite flower! Sunflowers are my favorite flowers, and the Teddy Bear is tops of the tops. My sunflowers are already taking off, providing gorgeous blooms, and am looking forward to a beautiful summer of enjoying these babies. The seeds were easy to start and the plants have been healthy and strong. This is my first year growing them, but their performance thus far has already guaranteed them a spot in the garden next year!Date published: 2008-06-10Rated 5 out of 5 by JohnInSLO from Fun flower We grow Teddy Bear sunflowers every year in our front flower garden, they are very consistent performers. They get lots of compliments from people walking down our street. The attached picture is from 2007, this single plant had no less than a dozen blooms on it! Spectacular.Date published: 2008-05-19Rated 5 out of 5 by Jake from The Teddy Bear It really stands up to it's name. The Teddy Bear Sunflower has has bushy, leafy stems, and a pretty, yellow, sunflower that awed all my freinds. It is a slow grower, but totally worth it in the end. It seemed to tolerate illnesses well, and I reccomend this plant to anyone who loves gardening, at any age.Date published: 2007-01-03Rated 5 out of 5 by Tammy from Teddy Bear Sunflower I planted these for the first time this year and I absolutely love them. The plant branches out and provides multiple blooms. The bloom itself puffs out into a humongus ball of fluff that looks amazing. I'm definitely a fan of this flower and plan to plant more next year. Don't forget, all sunflowers face the morning sun. Keep that in mind when planting.Date published: 2006-08-03Rated 5 out of 5 by Frogmom from Adorable! I first grew this variety 5 years ago, and I love it!Date published: 2006-04-04