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Chocolate Cherry Sunflower Seeds

Chocolate Cherry Sunflower Seeds

San Diego Seed Company

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Chocolate Cherry is a stunning annual sunflower with rich, velvety brownish-burgundy petals surrounding a dark chocolate center. These long-stemmed plants grow 6-8 feet tall and have multiple blooms that are perfect for cut flowers. Excellent for pollinator gardens too!

Product Details

Approx Seed Count

60

Seed Weight

2G, .07oz

Botanical Name

Helianthus annuus

Planting Season 

Warm

Soil Temp

70° F+, 21°C+

Planting Depth

½”, 1.3cm

Area to Sow

25' row, 7.62m row

Days to Germ.

3-10+

Days to Maturity

65+

Best Planting Method

Direct or transplant

Thin to

≥2" apart, 5cm apart

Final Spacing

≥12" apart, 30.5cm apart

Succession

14 days

Plant Spread

24-30", 61-76cm

Plant Height

70-90", 178-229cm

 

Planting by Zones

Zones 9-10

  • Sunflowers can be grown year-round in Zones 9 and 10 but are the happiest in the warm season.

Zones 2-8

  • Direct sow seeds in the spring once soils have warmed.

Planting Sunflower

  • In Zones 9 and 10, you can direct seed or transplant out your sunflower plants. We recommend you direct seed into freshly irrigated soils.
  • To direct sow, plant seeds in debris-free, well-worked soil that has been deeply watered. Cover with 1″ (2.54cm) of finely sifted soil.
  • If you are planting seeds in starter pots, plant seeds into thoroughly moist high-quality seed starting soil. Place seeds on top of the soil and cover with 1″ (2.54cm) of finely sifted soil.
  • Fertilize with an organic liquid fertilizer once your sunflowers have germinated and the first set of true leaves show. When the plants are 3-4″ (7.62-10cm) tall, you can plant them out into the garden. Space at least 12″ (30.5cm) apart.

Growing Sunflower

  • Plant sunflowers into well-worked soils for the best blooms. Adding tons of compost in Zones 9 and 10 will help create a healthy soil structure and keep soil moistures in, which is key.
  • Mulching heavily around your plants will also help with weed suppression and moisture retention.

Harvesting Sunflower

  • Harvest sunflower blooms when the flowers are almost fully open.
  • Harvest early in the morning and place blooms directly in a vase of room temperature water.

Growing Sunflower in Containers

  • You can grow sunflower in a container but make sure your container is at least 10″ (25.4cm) deep. Keep in mind containers will dry out faster because they have more surface area and less soil to hold onto moisture. Mulch heavily on the top layer of soil in the pot to keep the soil from drying out or heating up too much.

Southern California Pro Tips

  • Mulch heavily around your sunflower plants to ensure the soil does not dry out or overheat.
  • Do not overhead water as this promotes foliar diseases.

Companion Flowers/Crops

  • Sunflowers look beautiful with other cut flowers like cosmoszinniascabiosa, and strawflower.
  • Plant Chocolate Cherry along with Autumn Beauty and other red to orange sunflower seeds for a luscious display of warm colors.

 

Additional Learning Resources

  • New to starting crops from seeds? Please read our article, Starting Seeds Indoors to learn the basics!
  • We have an in-depth guide to growing sunflowers that provides additional information on pest and disease control as well as more tips for growing them!!
  • Did you know you can grow sunflower microgreens as well?
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