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Skyscraper Sunflower

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  • Huge blooms high in the sky.
  • Super tall!
  • Towers above the garden.

Organic Skyscraper Sunflower Seeds

Helianthus annuus
Nearly a Tree in One Short Season
Art Pack, 50 seeds
Product ID# FL0139A , Certified Organic by NOFA-NY LLC

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Detailed Product Info

From a tiny seed to a twelve-foot tower in just one season: giant sunflowers such as these are vessels of unrestrained garden joy, metaphors of garden power. They are also examples of how multicultural our current garden landscapes really are. Originally domesticated by Native American populations, pre-Columbus sunflowers were smaller and bore fewer seeds than those we know today. It wasn't until the 1500s that sunflower seeds made their way to Europe--eventually arriving in Russia, where they were selected for their oilseed production and their beauty. They returned from their trans-Atlanic odyssey in the late 19th Century, arriving in American seed catalogs and in gardens around the country. When you behold this beauty soaring above your garden, know that the force propelling it upward has been handed down to you, through the work of countless hands, over thousands of years, in many nations. Your garden is rich with this inheritance, and this sunflower proclaims it.

Quick Facts
Days to Maturity 75
Planting Depth 1"
Spacing in Row 18"
Spacing Between Rows 24-36"
Growing Instructions

Direct sow after threat of frost has passed, or start indoors up to 2 weeks earlier. Sow seeds 2-3 per foot, then thin to 18" spacing when seedlings are established. Plant in full sun. Tolerates poor soil and infrequent watering. Grow up to 12' high: stake to support, and plant where they will not shade out other full sun crops. Seeds can be roasted for eating or put in bird feeders.

About the Art and Artist
Dion Yannatos is a painter of the landscape and the environment, both urban and natural. He has shown nationally in New York, Pennsylvania, New England and on the west coast.

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