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Helianthus debilis 'Vanilla Ice' | Sarah Raven

Helianthus debilis 'Vanilla Ice'

The debilis forms have smaller blooms, perfect for hand-tied bunches, and are hugely prolific and long-flowering.
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40 seeds

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Sow Under Cover
Direct Sow/ Plant Out
Flowers/ Harvest

Details:

Type
Hardy Annual
Position
Cutting Garden
Soil
Broad Tolerance
Flowers
June - October, 12-14 weeks from sowing
Height
1.2m (4ft)
Group/Species
debilis
Common name
Sunflower
Moisture
Moist but Well-drained
Size
40 seeds
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, transplant one. Pinch out the tip at 45cm (18in) to encourage branching.

Description

This has smaller, creamy white flowers, which are wonderful for hand-tied bunches. They are hugely prolific and long-flowering.

Pictured here with Gaura 'The Bride' and Cosmos 'Purity'.

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.