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Sunflower, Chianti Hybrid

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Stunning wine-red velvet petals flecked with gold.

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The deepest red sunflower! Wine-red velvet petals are flecked with gold. Flowers are 3-4" across on 4-5 ft. plants. Multiple branched and purple-stemmed, it's dramatic in the garden. Pollenless, so it's good for cutting, too.
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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.

48-60 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

18-22 inches

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

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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    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
    First Date: May-09 - Last Date: May-16

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
48-60 inches
18-22 inches
Ornamental Use
Borders, Cut Flowers
Life Cycle
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Bloom Duration
8 weeks
Flower color
Gold, Purple, Red
Sunflower, Chianti Hybrid is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 21.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Color Planted 16 seeds, only 3 grew. One full plant 4+ feet tall with 12 flowers. One small 2 ft tall with 3 flowers. One just a sprout that didn’t make it.
Date published: 2018-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful color Planted 2 yr+ seeds late and had little expectations. Wow, will order again, forgot how pretty the color was and this year they got extremely tall
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very spindly Had to stake the few plants that came up, unfortunately a windy storm was too much for them to handle.
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Need to go back to the drawing board Did not look at all like your picture. Most of them came out a chocolate muddy color.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grew with no trouble Recently tried these they are the easiest to grow, no rouble and hearty beautiful flowers
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Planted a few, they all took. Nice looking plants about 3' tall, 5" dark flowers. I'm glad I tried them.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a pleasant surprise Started these Late July 2016 on wet paper towels in ziploc bags and a pet heater pad in a back room. Once sprouted moved them to the little biodegradable brown seed starter pots. Put them in clear spinach containers and back on heat pad. When 2 inches tall put them on hot concrete porch. They grew 12" to 16" tall but so skinny the wind almost broke them. They got watered daily but mostly neglected for several weeks on the porch. I put sand on the soil and under the pots to hold water and bc roots were growing out of the pots. Probably 4 weeks in I finally put them in a raised bed in the yard full of garden soil, compost, and fertilized soil on top of past years decomposed leaves. They needed stakes to hold them up till end of October when they reached 24 to 30 inches. After all my unnecessary labor and stress on the plants they were the best colored and shortest sunflowers I've ever seen. Pics to post in a bit.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Nice and easy to manage I have been very pleased with the Chianti Hybrid. It grew quickly and performed very well. Rather than 60 inches, mine grew to over 8 feet. Multiple blooms on each stalk that blossom at different times is a great plus. From mid summer to early fall, I have had plenty of beautiful blooms. Not all blossoms will be deep, red-wine red. Some are almost bronzeish as if the yellow is trying to peek out around the edges. Still very nice but not the uniform deep red that I intended. (only reason for less than 5 stars. I planted mine in raised-garden soil from HD supplemented with some Black Kow composted manure. They seem to like it. I never fertilized them and other than a soaker hose on a timer I have left them alone. They are very user friendly. As I have to focus my time on some of the more labor intensive elements in my garden, it is nice to have a spot that looks beautiful and cares for itself. These pictures are from mid-August and just 2 weeks after the first blossom. They are not fully out yet in my pics.
Date published: 2016-08-17
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