Helianthus annuus 'Claret' F1
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|Sow Under Cover|
|Direct Sow/ Plant Out|
- Hardy Annual
- Cutting Garden
- Broad Tolerance
- June - October, 12-14 weeks from sowing
- 1.5m (5ft)
- Common name
- Moist but Well-drained
- Full Sun
- 45cm (18in)
- 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.
A deep wine-red sunflower which develops orange, flame-like tints to the petals as the flowers mature.
The calorie-rich seeds of Helianthus annuus can be eaten raw or roasted and added to salad and vegetable dishes for flavour and texture. Perfect for snacking on too.
Helianthus seeds are packed with nutrients, they're perfect for scattering on salads, or with mixed nuts on greek yoghurt for a protein-rich breakfast.
Sunflowers are hungry feeders. Improve the soil before planting out with plenty of well-rotted manure or garden compost. Water your sunflower plants regularly. You will need to stake them if they’re in an exposed position.