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Sunflower 'The Bee's Knees'        

Helianthus annuus

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Belonging to the Helianthus genus (Helianthus annuus 'The Bee's Knees'), The Bee's Knees is a variety of Sunflower. 'The Bee's Knees' is considered a hybrid cultivar. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Canary yellow and   Dutch orange and   Dark brown. When mature, blooms are roughly 20.0 cm (that's 7.8 inches in imperial) in diameter.The mature flowers are of a Single form. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Otter brown and   Brown. Leaves appear approximately as a   Ao green and   Dark spring green colour.

F1 mixture, with dark pollen free centres and shades of yellow petals ranging from cream to red brown. Perfect for cut flowers. Edible flower buds(before they open) and edible seeds.
Ideal for cut flowers

This variety is an Flower that typically grows as an Annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year. The Bee's Knees is known for its Erect habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.20 metres (3.90 feet). This variety tends to bloom in late summer.

United Kingdom is believed to be where The Bee's Knees originates from.

Due to how easy it is to grow in a variety of conditions, The Bee's Knees Sunflower is great for beginner gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about The Bee's Knees have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow The Bee's Knees

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Prefers well drained soil in full sun
Staking is usually not needed unless exposed to unexpected strong winds

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water often. Keep in mind when planting that The Bee's Knees is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures. The USDA Hardiness Zones typically associated with The Bee's Knees are Zone 4 and Zone 9. Planting The Bee's Knees in loamy and clay soil with a ph of between 5.7 and 8.1 is ideal for as it does best in weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil.

Growing The Bee's Knees from seed

Sow thinly 1cm deep 30 cm apart in well cultivated soil. Can be sown in spring indoors with heat at 20C
Keep the seedling short before planting out by growing in cool and bright conditions, such as in a cold fram

Sow 0.39 inches (1.0 cm) deep with a guideline distance of 11.7 inches (30.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 13°C / 55°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing The Bee's Knees about 21 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting The Bee's Knees

When plants are well grown gradually acclimatise them to out door conditions and plant out after all the frost has past
Choose a bright sunny site, not exposed to the wind

As The Bee's Knees is hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Harvesting The Bee's Knees

Flowers are good for cutting, a variety of colours with medium sized heads.
The seeds can also be harvested for the birds
However, ‘The Bees’ knees’ are F1 so will not come true to seed if harvested to grow next year

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by mid autumn.

Sunflower The Bee's Knees Etymology

The botanical epithet is from the Latin annuus meaning “annual”.1
‘Helios’ means sun

Other Names for Sunflower 'The Bee's Knees'

Bee’s Knees

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