Sunflower Plant Seeds

Helianthus Ring of Fire Seeds (Sunflower Plant Seeds)

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If not cut, the flowers may produce seed for wildlife, another benefit to growing "Ring of Fire'.

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This rather splendid sunflower is new and an award-winning variety. Whether you’re a gardener after a splash of summer color or a flower arranger desperately seeking new material for your vases, you’ll love this one! This plant is worthy of a place in any garden and a favorite for children to grow. The blazing 'Ring of Fire' is a heavily branched plant that bears many large 5-6 inch bicolor blooms with warm gold-tipped dark red petals surrounding the chocolate brown center. Decidedly different from other sunflowers, 'Ring of Fire' is visually striking in a crowd of plain gold or yellow flowers. Later to bloom, from July to frost, it may require 120 days to show bicolor blooms, but this late season display is often what the garden needs for a fresh new look. Ring of Fire plants may reach 4 to 5 feet tall (130cm), spreading 2 to 3 feet (60cm). The long flower stems give gardeners and florists more choices for varied or dramatic garden and bouquet design. If not cut, the flowers may produce seed for wildlife, another benefit to growing "Ring of Fire'. Hardiness zones: All. Like all sunflowers, Helianthus Ring of Fire needs a well-drained soil and lots of sun. Incidentally, it is an ideal plant to grow in a large clump at the foot of large trees or near the edge of a pool. Surprisingly, it is tolerant of partial shade. 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. Our readers will surely be delighted to know that the famous 16th Century herbalist, Gerarde, found that the buds boiled and eaten like Artichokes with butter, vinegar and pepper “an exceeding pleasant meat, surpassing the Artichoke far in procuring bodily lust.”
Label No
Common name Sunflower
Family No
Genus No
Species Helianthus annuus
Cultivar Ring of Fire
Therapeutic uses No
Germination Spread Ring of Fire 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 about 120 days.

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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