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Helianthus annuus 'Ruby Eclipse' F1 (Sunflower)

An exceptional performer in our sunflower trial, this was one of the earliest to flower with very consistent flower colour unusual in this colour group.
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20 seeds

DELIVERY INFORMATION
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Sow Under Cover
Direct Sow
Flowers/ Harvest

Details:

Type
Hardy Annual
Position
Cutting Garden
Soil
Broad Tolerance
Height
1.8m (6ft)
Common name
Sunflower
Moisture
Moist but Well-drained
Aspect
Full Sun
Spread
45cm (18in)
Cultivation
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, thin out one. Pinch out the tip at 45cm (18in) to encourage branching.

Description

An exceptional performer in our sunflower trial, this was one of the earliest to flower with very consistent flower colour unusual in this colour group. I love this colour combination, crimson mixed with milky coffee like the all-time great Tulip ‘La Belle Epoque’.

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.

Care Tips

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.