Sunflower, Russian Mammoth
Helianthus annuus Open Pollinated. 80 days. 10' tall Heirloom
The flowers of Russian Mammoth Sunflower turn to greet the sun every morning and turn west to say good afternoon. A stunning structural plant sets off any garden and a favorite starter plant for children. Seeds are highly nutritious. Attractive to bees. Excellent winter bird food.
Planting Directions: Sow seed indoors in sterile seed starting medium with a soil temperature of 70? to 85?. Plant seed ¼” deep. Direct sow in the garden after your last frost when the soil has warmed considerably. Soil should worked thoroughly and well fertilized with either rich compost or a good general garden fertilizer. Space plants to stand 24-30” apart. Harvest for cutflowers when rays begin to open. For seed heads cut with stalks attached and hang to dry. Remove seed when thoroughly dry. Excellent for birds.