Sunflower-Ring of Fire

  • Plant type: Annual
  • Sun: Full sun
  • Plant size: 40 to 50 inches tall

Set your garden ablaze with the bi-color blooms of this sunflower. Petals fade from yellow-gold at flower edges to a deep burgundy near the center, with colors becoming more pronounced with time. You’ll harvest armfuls of blooms from this bushy-looking plant. Flowers open on long stems that are perfect for bouquets. Blooms draw butterflies and bees to the garden. Let flowers set seed, and you’ll see birds flock to flowers. Plant after the last frost through early summer.

Plant spacing: 18 to 24 inches apart in planting beds; one plant per 12- to 14-inch-wide container.

Secrets to Success »

Sunflowers aren’t picky about soil, but they absolutely need a sunny spot for best flowering. In warmest zones, mulch soil to reduce water evaporation. Fertilize when planting and during the growing season with Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food. Sunflowers are heavy feeders and benefit from regular fertilizing.

Water sunflowers in planting beds regularly—these bloomers like ample water. In containers, water plants on a daily basis once summer heat arrives.

Harvest and Use »

Use it in planting beds behind petunia, begonia, or lantana. Sunflowers also blend beautifully into vegetable gardens.

For garden-fresh bouquets, cut flower stems just as buds are opening. Try to catch flowers as the first petals are lifting from the flower’s center. Stems last up to 7 days in a vase. These sunflowers do have pollen, which can stain fabrics, so be careful where you display your sunflower bouquets.

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