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Sunflower, Sunray Yellow Hybrid

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Uniquely dwarf plants branch out to bear up to fourteen flowers each.

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Small plants—big smiles! Uniquely dwarf plants branch out to bear up to fourteen 4" flowers each. The fun of sunflowers without the towering height. So easy to grow from seed, we suggest you plant in succession to have flowers all summer! Every garden, big or small, has room for this sunflower in patio containers or beds and borders.
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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.

20-22 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

18-20 inches

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

Beds, Borders

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.

Annual

Growth Habit The genetic tendency of a plant to grow in a certain shape, such as vining or bush like.

Erect

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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
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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 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.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
20-22 inches
Spread
18-20 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders
Life Cycle
Annual
Growth Habit
Erect
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Flower color
Yellow
Sunflower, Sunray Yellow Hybrid is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such fun! These sunflowers have been a real joy to grow this summer! The seeds germinated at over 80%, giving me lots of bang for my buck. We've had a pretty turbulent summer in terms of weather here in Colorado and with these guys being as low-lying as they are, they survived the hails and winds far better than my other sunflowers. As suggested, I did indeed succession plant and was glad of it, as the first round of flowers (started in May) started to fizzle out in early July. These compact, bushy, multi-headed flowers really do a great job at delivering a dose of sunshine without towering over the rest of a bed. Will definitely buy again.
Date published: 2018-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Beautiful! I bought these to plant in my flower garden! They were easy to grow and were just the right size to cut and put in a vase. The color was fantastic! Unfortunately, my Zinnias grew too tall and overshadowed them, causing them to die. Oh well...!
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from They make me so happy! I was so excited when I saw these were new for 2018. They remind me of the '90s! They were so easy to grow right from seed into my porch pots. The local birds and chippies do love them, so I'm constantly sending the dog out to keep the local wildlife away. I didn't realize how much water they need though. I feel like they don't actually like the sun cause they wilt daily without 2x watering. Not as full looking as in the pic, but will def buy again because of their sunny smiles.
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome results I planted in a clay pot and put out on my deck. Beautiful. Ordering more.
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly as described I bought these seeds in the winter, I direct sowed them in May. This is a wonderful hybrid for people who grow in containers or for those who cannot grow sunflowers in their garden because of deer. I grew these on my deck in pots, the deer will not eat plants on my deck. Fantastic germination rate!
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Addition. I grew these from seeds and they came up fine and are blooming beautifully.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Poor germination Really surprised to only have two seeds come up. These are sunflowers after all ! Anyone else have this happen? I did two separate plantings. The same bed where all other seeds, everything from Balsam to Bells of Ireland ,came up just fine. ??? Haven’t seen any critters in there eating either.
Date published: 2018-06-09
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