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Sunflower 'Velvet Queen'

Helianthus annuus

Hardy Annual

Unique colour, deep velvet red to copper, medium sized flowers.

Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. Try toasting the seed kernels for a healthy snack. For more details about edible flowers click here.


Companion planting: Try growing sunflowers with chives to deter aphids.


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Companion Planting

Ideal For:
cottage gardens, wildlife gardens, cut flower garden
Flowering Period:
July, August, September
Sowing Months:
March, April, May, June
Position:
full sun
    • 1 packet (18 sunflower seeds)

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    • £2.99
Sow early spring to early summer outdoors where they are to flower. Sow 12mm (0.5in) deep in rows 30cm (12in) apart. Germination usually takes around 21 days.

When large enough to handle, thin out the seedlings to 30cm (12in) apart. They prefer a sunny open site but will grow in most soils. Sowing can also be done indoors in early spring, sow the seed individually in 7.5cm (3in) pots. Germination takes 1-2 weeks at 20C (70F). Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 10-15 days before planting out after all risk of frost has gone.

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