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Sunflower, Candy Mountain Hybrid

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Flowers and blooms on every leaf node of the 8-10’ plants.

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Create a home-grown mountain of super-branching 8-10' sunflowers. ‘Candy Mountain’ produces an astonishing display of big, beautiful blooms–burgundy-to-cherry flowers with yellow flames and brown centers- that shoot off in all directions. Every leaf node on these towering plants develops branches, producing single head ‘junior’ plants. ‘Candy Mountain’ adds a vertical spectacle of sensuous color in your landscape. Outstanding cut flowers and excellent choice for small spaces.
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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.


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.

96-120 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

20-36 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
    S S Succession Planting This means that the plants have multiple harvests in a season
    First Date: May-09 - Last Date: Jun-23

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 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.
Full Sun
96-120 inches
20-36 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Cut Flowers
Life Cycle
Growth Habit
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Bloom Duration
2 weeks
Flower color
Red, Yellow
Sunflower, Candy Mountain Hybrid is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 25.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from easy multiple bloomer First time ever was easy and successful narrow upright was easy to cable the row to fence. Didn't bloom here in MN till mid August but once it started heavy bloomer. Knowing it was a hybrid I'm not surprised that the majority of the blooms lean towards the yellow side more than the red. Photo below is the exception not the norm and what a exception
Date published: 2019-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Retired Parents LOVED Them! I bought these seeds for my 75+ year old, semi-retired farmer father along with several other sunflower varieties, but this is the one that both my parents raved about all summer. They loved them in the garden and as cut flowers as witnessed by all the photos on his i-phone and the photos he had made at the Walgreens (on sale) which he gave to my siblings and the grandchildren. My dad's not one for babysitting flowers so they must be pretty easy to germinate and grow. It's a beautiful prolific variety.
Date published: 2018-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! I tried starting several types of sunflower seeds and these were the most successful. I loved the color and multiple blooms!
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, lots of cut flowers, pollenless! Planted in May 2017. Grew quickly to about 6'-7', which was a nice height to cut flowers from. Seemed pretty sturdy, but I tied it to a bamboo stake just in case. The seeds I received were not pure. However, knowing from experience how difficult it is to save pure sunflower seeds, I don't fault Burpee. One of the plants I grew had yellow flowers and lots of pollen. The other one was true-to-type and completely pollenless. That's right, even though the description does not say pollenless, I believe these are indeed pollenless. Both plants were madly floriferous, yielding an abundance of cut flowers. The first flowers I harvested were as big as my hand. The harvest lasted well into August/September until the flowers were too small to harvest. I harvested the flowers just as they opened and they kept well in vases for about a week or so. The fuzzy ring starts at the edge of the flower and works its way to the center. When it gets to the center, the flower will wilt. Out of all the yellow/red sunflowers I've seen, I really like this one! It's very striking!
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tall plants numerous heads A beautiful sunflower with excellent germination. A strong growing sunflower, each plant had 15+ flowering heads, one had 19 and the soil wasn't that good.After flowering, a few plants look like dozens.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this sunflower! Started it from seed, and it's growing beautifully, exactly like the picture. Very strong stalks (trunks) holding up many flowers. What I wasn't expecting was huge powder puff development of the seed center, pushing the petals way back. I wanted small, colorful sunflowers, & it's what I got, with small seeds that aren't attractive to squirrels (so far) and English sparrows. The goldfinches like them, and that's just what I want. Didn't expect the plant to grow so tall—9 feet now.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous Sunflower They are growing so tall and the flowers are gorgeous. My garden has done the best it's done in years because of the pollination from the bees.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from bad seeds Not 1 plant sprouted from the seed.Sunflowers are easy to grow,but not these.
Date published: 2017-07-15
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