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Soraya Sunflower

2000 All-America Selections winner, and, in fact, it is the first sunflower to ever hold this award. Extraordinary mandarin orange blooms grow on plants that branch abundantly (20-25 stems per plant). Slightly later maturing than other varieties, Soraya will bring warm color to the garden just as other flowers begin dying back. Blooms are 4-6” and are prized as cut flowers. Grows to 5-6’.

20 seeds

Soraya Sunflower

 

PLANTING

Helianthus annuus

Annual 

Germination:  7-14 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-75ºF.

Seed Planting Depth: Sow ½-1” deep

Starting Indoors: Start indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost. Provide 70-75ºF soil temperature. Using peat, cow, or paper pots can help with the stress of transplanting, they grow delicate roots and successful transplanting may be challenging. Transplant after the last frost, 18-24" apart. Water seedlings regularly until established. 

Sowing Outdoors: After the last frost, when soil is over 70ºF. Sow a few seeds every- short and single stem varieties 6-12" apart, branching varieties 18-24" apart. Thin to the most robust seedling. Sow a few weeks later for continuous blooms

Growth Habit: Upright, Branching

Height and Width: 60-72" x 12-18"

Spacing: 12-24" apart

Light Needs:  Full sun

Soil Needs:  Loose, rich, well-drained

Approximate days to flower from seed: 65-75 days

Uses: Cut flowers and flower beds, short varieties-containers and planters, attracts pollinators

Care:  Mix compost into the soil before sowing or transplanting. Adding too much nitrogen can cause plants to produce more foliage than flowers.