Here’s a majestic plant with a reddish-orange touch of sophistication. The Red Sun Sunflower should reach 5-6 feet tall with the proper conditions. Branching habit produces plenty of blooms over a long season, attracting butterflies and bees for the pollen, then birds for the seeds.
Each packet contains approximately 35 seeds.
Planting and Harvesting Tips:
Direct sow after all danger of frost has passed, about 4- to 12-inches apart, with 1/2 inch of soil covering them. Plants germinate quickly and will thrive in areas with full sun, rich soil and ample water. Locate tall plants on the north side of the garden so they do not shade other crops.
Plants are ready to harvest when the heads turn brown and most of the leaves have dropped. Cut the stem — one foot from the head — using sharp pruning shears and place in a paper bag. Do NOT use plastic. Hang upside down in a cool room with good ventilation and check often — seeds fall freely from the head when dry. Consider leaving some of the mature flower heads on the stalks to attract birds and other wildlife to your yard.