Sunflower, Velvet Queen
- Annual flowers with multiple flower heads per plant
- Plants grow to 5-7 feet tall
- Flowers are mahogany-red and 4 inches across
- Ideal as cut flowers
- 75-100 days
(H. annuus) Striking 4" wide flower heads with mahogany-red petals and an almost black center. Well branched free-flowering plants with strong stems make this an ideal sunflower for borders or cut flowers. Plants grow 5-7' tall. Annual, 75-100 days.
Learn to Grow it
This crop can be direct seeded into warm soil after the last spring frost. If you sow a section or row every two or three weeks, you can get a continuous crop.
Space your plants or seeds 6-8 inches apart in well fertilized soil. Plant your seeds 1/4-3/4 in. deep.
Make sure that your soil is well fertilized as this crop is a heavy feeder and takes a lot of nutrients from the soil. Consider adding compost to the soil the year before you plant.
These plants prefer warm weather and soil so they should be grown when temperatures are over 68 degrees F.