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Sunflower, Super Snack Mix Hybrid

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This sunflower produces the easiest seed to crack for snacks and they're huge.

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This sunflower produces the easiest seed to crack for snacks and they're huge. The plants are only 5 ft. tall and produce a single medium-sized (10") flower. The color pattern is classic yellow-gold with dark centers. Attracts butterflies.
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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.

60 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

24-30 inches

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


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
    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
60 inches
24-30 inches
Ornamental Use
Life Cycle
Growth Habit
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Bloom Duration
5 weeks
Flower color
Gold, Yellow
Sunflower, Super Snack Mix Hybrid is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect germination, high yield. We planted these for summer 2018 in a small vegetable garden. I planted in early May, and harvested late Aug. I got 100% germination, each plant one large flower and good yield.
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Crows love these... I planted these and a couple of days later found the seeds dug up and cracked open. Now I have another order pending, as well as netting/gardening stakes ready to hopefully prevent a recurrence! "Overall Rating" was required in the rating, but I have no idea how the plants will turn out -- I wanted to let others know, in case....
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wrong description The brochure said the plants will get 4 to 5 feet tall, They got closer to 7 feet tall, other than the squirrels loved them, I didn't get any.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from no good in South Florida It grew about 18 inches, very thin and spindly, and produced a tiny flower head. It's no good in South Florida
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by 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: 2013-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2013-07-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by 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: 2013-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sun flower They are great. I sprouted them very easy. They r big n strong now. Great lookin sun flowers.
Date published: 2012-05-15
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