Helianthus Prado Red (Helianthus Flower)

Helianthus Prado Red Seeds (Sunflower Seeds)

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Very rare ! If they are not pinched each plant will produce a single large 6 in bloom, from July to September.

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Producing early blooming and superior cut flowers, this pollen free variety is naturally multi-stemmed with lots of quality flowers on short stems and if the first bud is pinched out at the 5th set of true leaves, there will be even more, up to 20! If they are not pinched each plant will produce a single large 6 in bloom, from July to September. Each sturdy multi-branching plant is 39 – 79in tall (100- 200cm) with a spread of about 14- 20in (35- 50cm). They produce 4" (10cm), gorgeous deep velvety red blooms with clear dark red petals around deep brown discs. They are absolutely gorgeous, and are as superb in a vase as they are in the garden. Sunflowers seeds make for pleasant eating; at least the birds think so! Prado Red also attracts butterflies! A delight for children and good for the garden as it attracts beneficial wildlife. This plant produces a flower stem at every node making it perfect for plentiful cut flowers and producing high oil content birdseed. Hardiness zones : All. Helianthus Prado Red are easy to grow and very sturdy in poor soil. Like its name the sunflower needs plenty of direct sun; a minimum of 6hrs a day to grow healthy plants. If you plant sunflowers out of direct sun light they will stretch for the sun. They will become so spindly stretching for the sun eventually they will fall to the ground. We recommend full sun for the better part of the day to grow strong healthy sunflowers. To promote deep roots and strong stems, water deeply but infrequently. One to two cups of a complete fertilizer per 10 row feet in the spring is adequate for the year. Over fertilization may cause stems to break in the fall. The Helianthus Prado Red likes a well-drained soil.
Label No
Common name Sunflower
Family No
Genus No
Species Helianthus annuus
Cultivar Prado Red
Therapeutic uses No
Germination Spread your Prado Red seeds out across a damp paper towel. Place a second damp paper towel on top of your seeds. Check the paper towels every day to make sure they are damp, NOT WET. Check your seeds every few days for germination. After a week or two your seeds should begin to sprout. The first seeds to sprout will more than likely be your strongest and fastest growing plants. Note that not all of the seeds have sprouted. Plant the sprouted seeds first. Wait a few days on the remaining seeds to see if they in fact sprout. If not, throw them away and start a new batch. It's time to plant. Go ahead and place your seeds about 1/4" deep in the soil and cover them. Place your seeds 12" to 18" apart. Water the plants real well, soaking the soil.

Seeds can also be sown, from April to late June, direct into the flowering position. Lightly cover the seeds and keep the seed bed moist. The optimum temperature for germination is 20°C max and 5°C min. From sowing time to the first cutting will take approximately 60 days in mid summer.

Harvest :

Cut flowers in the morning just after they open. Use a clean knife, a clean vase, and a few drops of chlorine bleach in the water, along with Floralife Cut Flower Food, to help maintain freshness. Cutting the mature central flower head will promote side-shoot flower production. Black-hulled sunflower seeds, like Sunseed, are a favorite with seed-eating birds. Harvest the heads when the bracts begin to shrivel, and hang the flowers upside down in a barn or shed. For seed-eating gardeners, gray and white striped sunflower seeds, such as Giganteus, are the leading choice for munching raw, or roasted and salted. Harvest these the same way.

Salting :

When dry, rub the seeds off the heads and soak overnight in 1 gallon of water with 1 cup of salt added. Drain the water, and then dry the seeds in a 250°F oven for 4-5 hours and store in an airtight container.
Scarification / Stratification No

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