The word ‘’ conjures up a picture of a coarse giant of a plant with yellow plate-like . These mammoths will be grown as long as children and competitions exist, but for general garden there are these days more compact and attractive varieties. Sow two or three at each- planting – thin to one. For maximum size the plants weekly with liquid fertilizer. Stake tall varieties.
VARIETIES: The Annual Sunflowers are varieties of H. annuus and you should always check the height in the catalogue or on the packet before buying. The giants, such as ‘Russian Giant’ and ‘Tall Single’ may reach more than 10 ft with1 ft across – the dwarf ‘Sungold’ reaches only 2 ft with golden double flowers. Between the two is ‘Autumn Beauty’ (5 ft) in mixed shades from lemon to dark red.
SITE AND SOIL: Any reasonable garden soil in a sunnywill do.
PLANT DETAILS: Height 2-10 ft.
Spacing: :-2.5 ft.
Flowering period: July-September.
PROPAGATION: Sow seeds 1 in. deep in April where they are to flower.