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Helianthus annuus 'Valentine' is the perfect large-flowered sunflower with primrose yellow petals and chocolate centres. An added bonus for use as a cut flower is that the pollen does not drop.

Genus Helianthus annuus
Variety Valentine
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Sunflower
Border Position Back
Soil Type Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 1.5m (5ft)
Spacing Plant 45cm (18in) apart.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow early spring under cover or direct sow mid spring. Place 2 seeds 10cm (4in) apart at each planting post, 45cm (18in) apart. If both germinate, transplant one. Pinch out the tip at 45cm (18in) to encourage branching.
Care Tips Use a sturdy stake to support, as the wind may catch the heavy heads. Pinch out at 8-10 inches.
Flowering June - October, 12-14 weeks from sowing
Vase Life 10 days, put straight into water and keep away from heat.
Harvesting Flower production: 3-4 months.
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Helianthus annuus 'Valentine' reviews

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An elegant bloomer and one that cannot fail to make you smile!

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Reviewed 16th June 2014 by Arthur

I'm not a big fan of the traditional top heavy dinner plate one hit wonder sunflower that stands at 6 feet! Valentine is more modest and will bloom longer as it will have several flower heads. I like to grow it with the larger sized dahlias. Its a good choice for pots and if you grow enough to cut then it makes the perfect flower for a summer vase. Feed with tomato food to keep them perky! Sow these seeds on a spring day with the knowledge that their open blooms will not fail to make you smile on a summers morning!