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Sunflower 'Suntastic' (X)

Looking for a dwarf sunflower? Suntastic sunflower is so small it received the All-America Selections Bedding Plant Award for 2014. This pollen-less hybrid sunflower has bright yellow petals around a black center, and only grows to 25-30cm (10-24") tall. What’s more is that each tiny plant produces three consecutive waves of blooms with 5 to 8 five-inch flowers appearing at once. So it’s perfect for containers and any place where summer colour is needed over a long period. Suntastic begins to bloom in less than 65 days from sowing, so plant some seeds every couple of weeks from mid-April to the end of June.

Planting:
In late May, choose a sunny site with well draining soil and sow seed about 6-12mm (1/4-1/2") deep and 7.5-10cm (3-4") apart. Thin or transplant seedlings to 30-45cm (12-18") apart. Seed can be started 2-3 weeks early indoors using plantable peat pots or Jiffy 7’s at 21C (70F). Harden off seedlings then transplant to the garden or a container in fully sunny site. Keep plants evenly watered and fertilize twice during the season with a granular 15-5-15 or water soluble equivalent.

Growing:
Water regularly but do not over fertilize. Cut flowers last 10-14 days. Drying sunflower heads: If drying outside they should be protected with plastic mesh or brown paper bags. Just cover the heads to keep the birds away.

Harvesting:
To harvest, cut the seed heads leaving 12” of stem attached. Hang in an airy place safe from birds and rodents. Heads should be dry in 2-3 weeks. Remove seeds by rubbing two heads together. You may store the seeds on the heads until you need them.

Seed Saving:
Hybrid variety. Seeds will not breed true.

This planting is in the Front Container garden .

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Plant Sunflower Helianthus annuus 3698
Variety Suntastic 4

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