Velvet Queen is part of the Helianthus genus and is a Sunflower variety. Its scientific name is Helianthus annuus 'Velvet Queen'. 'Velvet Queen' is considered a heirloom cultivar. This variety typically blooms in the following colours: UCLA Gold and Orange peel.
This beautiful crimson red sunflower can attain a height of six foot tall and produces 4 to 6 in. blooms. The small seeds are favored by birds.It is an Flower and is treated mainly as a Annual, This means that it grows best over the course of a single year. Velvet Queen is known for growing to a height of approximately 1.80 metres (5.85 feet).
Velvet Queen Sunflower is great for inexperienced gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.
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Sunflowers require plenty of sunshine and moderate moisture. Keep Velvet Queen blossoms picked for best results.Position in a full sun location and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Keep in mind when planting that Velvet Queen is thought of as half hardy, so it will need cloching or fleece protection when the temperature dips. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 4 - 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Velvet Queen requires a loamy and clay soil with a ph of 6.1 - 8.5 - it grows best in weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil.
Plant Velvet Queen Sunflower seed outdoors after all danger of frost is past and where plants are to remain. Sunflowers do not transplant very well.Look to ensure a distance 4.68 inches (12.0 cm) between seeds when sowing - bury at a depth of at least 0.49 inches (1.25 cm) deep. Soil temperature should be kept higher than 13°C / 55°F to ensure good germination.
By our calculations, you should look at sowing Velvet Queen about 21 days before your last frost date.
The botanical epithet is from the Latin annuus meaning “annual”.1
Sunflowers require plenty of sunshine and moderate moisture. Keep Velvet Queen blossoms picked for best results.
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